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Dalmatian in a Digger

Written by Rebecca Elliott

Illustrated by Rebecca Elliott

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Dalmatian in a Digger Review

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February 2017 Book of the Month

This is a book to delight all young fans of heavy machinery. A little puppy gets a dream wake-up call: ‘Dugger Dugger Digger’. Sure enough, there’s a Dalmatian driving a digger past his window, and before long with a ‘Brmmm Brmmm Whee’ there’s a camel in a crane. What’s making the ‘Dump Splat Crash’? Turn the page to see a duck in a dump truck. There’ll be even more excitement too when the final page reveals what all these machines and workers have been creating! Rebecca Elliott’s trucks are satisfyingly chunky, loud and vibrant and there’s lots of fun to be had in joining in with the sounds they make. To quieten things down, see if children can spot Dalmatian’s friend Little Mouse, who’s hiding on every page.

Andrea Reece

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A note from the author : The small UK town where I lived when I wrote this book happens to be a town mentioned in Dodie Smiths’s 101 Dalmatians book. This is something the residents are very proud of, and I was involved in a small children’s literary festival there which had a Dalmatians theme. I helped my excited 6-year-old son make a papier mâché Dalmatian, dressed him in fluffy spots and then spent most of the day drawing Dalmatian dogs over and over again with children on a huge roll of paper!

It was incredible fun, and I realized just how utterly mesmerizing these animals are with their amusingly inquisitive faces and their high-contrast fabulously eccentric coats. I just thought it’s a real shame that because of the huge success of the wonderful 101 Dalmatians, many other children’s authors have shied away from them as a subject matter. I vowed there and then that I would write a Dalmatian-based picture book which would be as fun and stylish and cute as the animals themselves!

Dalmatian in a Digger Synopsis

Set on a building site, the construction vehicles are onomatopoeically brought to life on each page. Children will delight in finding out which animal is driving what machine, and what on earth are they all building anyway?

Favourite pre-school themes of construction, animals and funny rhymes are brilliantly brought together by award-winning author and illustrator Rebecca Elliott, to create an accessible first picture book to be enjoyed by the whole family.

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781474782630
Publication date: 11/07/2019
Publisher: Raintree an imprint of Capstone Global Library Ltd
Format: Board book

ISBN: 9781782025962
Publication date: 09/02/2017
Publisher: Curious Fox
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781782025962
Publication date: 9th February 2017
Author: Rebecca Elliott
Illustrator: Rebecca Elliott
Publisher: Curious Fox
Format: Hardback
Suitable for: 3+ readers, 5+ readers
Genres: Animals
Recommendations: Books of the Month

About Rebecca Elliott

Always the eternal daydreamer and doodler Rebecca Elliott's school project from the age of six has in it the line “When I grow up I want to be a writer and an artist”. After a brief trip into a more serious life involving gaining a degree in Philosophy followed by an insanely dull office job Rebecca returned to her childhood career plans. Since 2002 she has written and illustrated dozens of children’s picture books including, Cub’s First Winter, Naked Trevor , The Last Tiger, Milo’s Pet Egg and Zoo Girl which was nominated for ...

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