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Sam & Dave Dig A Hole

Sam & Dave Dig A Hole

Book - 2014
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Sam and Dave are sure they will discover something exciting if they just keep digging their hole
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780763662295
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Additional Contributors: Klassen, Jon - Illustrator
Alternative Title: Sam and Dave dig a hole


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Sam and Dave set out to dig a hole in the hopes of finding "something spectacular." With shovels in hand, the boys (with an eager terrier looking on) begin to tunnel into the soil, but they just can't seem to find anything of interest. What works spectacularly is the clever play between... Read More »

Working together, Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen can do no wrong. We adore almost every one of their collaborations. This is an especially great one, and a well-done example of the post-modern picture book.

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Mar 23, 2021

I didn’t understand this book at first.... I was looking for a more entertaining children’s book and this is just too deep! Maybe I still don’t get it!

Feb 01, 2021

I read this book out loud to a small group of elementary students in grades 2-5. They loved this one! They had the most fun with the pages where Sam and Dave where digging aaaaaalmost to the treasure, but then just missed it. They also loved describing what was happening on the pages with no text and making predictions about what would happen next.

This is definitely a favorite of all the books I've used for read-alouds in the 2020-2021 school year. I will 100% read it again!

Dec 01, 2020

My almost-3-year-old loves this book, and I enjoy it every time, too.

Jul 05, 2019

I know it's for children but this is quite bland. The artwork is wonderful, though.

Jun 11, 2019

Mac Barnett's picture book for children, "Sam and Dave Dig a Hole," is a fantastic tale of two brothers who dig a hole. They dig and they dig until they "find" something.

The illustrator tease the readers with the discoveries they are just about to make before deciding they should turn a new direction. Over and over they come closer and closer to finding some big breakthrough and then veer off course to search in a new place.

The book ends with an unexpected surprise for Sam and Dave, and their helpful dog even gets what he's after too. It is a fun and funny picture book that connects with kids intriguing them to find out what happens next.

I definitely recommend this one.

Feb 07, 2019

Just about as good as it gets, illustrated by the artist behind another recent classic: I Want My Hat Back. This is a hilarious story of two people and a dog, searching for treasures. My kids (4, 6, and 10) laughed out loud throughout the readings.

Sep 12, 2018

LOVE this book

Mar 10, 2018

This book is great, especially for older kids so I love reading it on school visits since it teaches about dramatic irony, which is awesome in a picture book.

JCLHeatherM Feb 18, 2018

Sam and Dave dig a hole through teamwork in an effort to find something extraordinary, unsure of what they will find along the way.

Aug 31, 2016

It was a good day when the folks at Candlewick Press sent us a review copy of Sam and Dave Dig a Hole!

The setup: It’s Monday. Sam and Dave are on a mission. They’re going to dig until they find something spectacular! They’re bringing chocolate milk and animal cookies for fuel, and their dog is coming along too. What amazing treasures will they find?

This book is so funny! It rewards the reader who pays close attention to details in the illustrations. On the first pass, you’ll get the big jokes as Sam and Dave change their strategy for digging multiple times (and ignore their dog!). But when you get to the end and realize something is very, very odd, then I bet you $5 you’ll spend the next 10 minutes or more going back through the book like a detective. A very young child might miss it, but my seven year old got it pretty quickly and was delighted with the oddity of the ending.

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