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Sam and Dave Dig a hole – by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

“Sam and Dave dig down down down until they find something spectacular”

This is one of the funniest picture books I have read. I have read it through a couple of times now and during those times I always find the story makes me laugh with its unpredictable humour and funny illustrations. I really enjoyed the pictures and how they were drawn, they didn’t look harsh as they were drawn with pencils and without a harsh black outline.  They have a very small colour palette but I feel that this added to the feel of where Sam and Dave were during each scene. The pages alternated between pictures and writing which meant that the pictures weren’t drowned out by the words or vice versa and you can really enjoy spending time looking at these pictures in detail. What I love is that this book doesn’t try too hard to be funny, it is written casually through the narrative and speech from Sam and Dave, making the illustrations even funnier because the characters themselves don’t notice their mistakes even though the reader can. This is a brilliant picture book with humour that both children and adults can appreciate. A very enjoyable read.

Reviewed by Lydia

3 thoughts on “Sam and Dave Dig a hole – by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

  1. I really enjoy Jon Klassen books and this one does not disappoint. I love the subtle humour that will enable us to have a great discussion in our shadowing groups. I can’t wait to share this one.


  2. We really liked this book. We read it as a class and enjoyed the pictures…… it’s very creatively illustrated. It’s funny because they keep digging and digging and they always change direction just when they are about to find the diamond, but you wouldn’t know that unless you could see the pictures! We think it would be a good bedtime story because it’s quick and easy to read.


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