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BOOK REVIEW: Dig, Dump, Roll by Sally Sutton and Brian Lovelock

| 25 March 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Dig, Dump, Roll by Sally Sutton and Brian Lovelock

Walker Books
March 2018
Hardcover, $24.99
Reviewed by Steph O’Connell

Picture Books


Guess what kind of truck is at work in this interactive book by the bestselling creators of Roadworks.

Crash-a-rumble Smash-a-grumble What’s at work? Here’s a clue: It will clear the ground for you. Bulldozer! Coming through! This is the follow-up to Roadworks that will delight tiny truck enthusiasts. It’s an engaging, interactive text that asks readers to guess what kind of vehicle is at work. Visual clues alongside the text help ensure that our readers are challenged but can still be successful with their guesses. In the end, the vehicles work together to build a surprise.


An addition to the hugely popular Roadworks series by the same author/illustrator duo, this is bound to be a hit with any child who loves diggers and other construction-related machinery.

Overall it story kids would love to listen to, with lots of nonsense rhyming words and prompts for the kids to guess the machinery on the next page, but at times perhaps the writing could have used a little more thought, like the instance in which it says “It will mix cement for you” and the kid is somehow supposed to guess it’s a “concrete mixer” not a cement mixer?

What’s at work?
Here’s a clue:
it will mix cement for you.

Concrete mixer!

It would have made much more sense had the author chosen to use either concrete or cement in both instances, otherwise it’s just confusing for young readers.

In the end, this is another construction book for kids who are crazy about diggers, and with a nice little message in that we get to see the stages of construction, and the end product, it’s just a shame more thought wasn’t put into the wording.

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