Friday, September 22, 2017

Margo's Musings: Is There Anything in the Hole?


What happens when Sam and Dave dig a hole looking for something spectacular? Will they be able to dig down very far? Is there anything interesting hidden in the ground? Will their dog help them? Could there really be a treasure?

Margo spotted this gem at our local bookstore and had to have it. The story is about some boys digging for something spectacular. They dig down. Nothing. They change course- still nothing. Their dog tries to help them. But they can't find anything! At least that’s the story when you only read the words. The illustrations tell a whole other story! I pretended not to notice what was happening in the pictures, and Margo’s face was priceless. She was cracking up and pointing by the end. Of course, now she wants to dig up our backyard and who knows what mysteries are hidden out there! 

We enjoyed reading Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, which was written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen. The writing style is straightforward and has a strong impact because the pictures reveal what is really happening. Poor Sam and Dave- they have no idea what they are missing! The illustrations are interesting and different. This is a fun story to read to someone who can’t see the pictures and then read it again when they can see what the author didn’t reveal.

Has anyone else read Sam and Dave Dig a Hole? Or have you read another book by Mac Barnett or Jon Klassen? We’d love to hear your thoughts.

Happy Reading!
~F

34 comments:

  1. Sounds like a fun book! Dark holes are always very intriguing. Hugs, Valerie

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    1. Valerie- It is a very fun and intriguing book. :) ~F

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  2. A little between-the-lines, huh? Or between the images.

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    1. L. Diane Wolfe- Very true! :) ~F

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  3. Sounds like a good one. I dug a big hole as a kid, down we went.

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    1. Pat- For some reason big holes are fun to dig. :) ~F

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  4. Everyone always imagines what they will find if they dig a hole; sounds like this is a good one of what was found!

    betty

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    1. Betty- It is always fun to imagine something exciting hidden under the ground. :) ~F

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  5. Digging a hole was also one of the favourite activity in my childhood. The book seems to be very exciting for children.

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    1. Shon- Isn't it interesting how digging a hole can be such fun! :) ~F

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  6. It does sound like a heap of fun - for everyone.
    As a child we had a hole digging dog. The next door neighbour and I could (and did) hide down her hole.

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    1. EC- Your hole digging dog would fit in perfectly in this book. The dog knows something is up. :) ~F

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  7. Sounds awesome! I'll have to check it out :)

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    1. Jemi- Lots of fun to read to others for sure! :) ~F

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  8. Now you have my curiosity aroused as to what the pictures show.

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    1. Beverly- You will really enjoy the pictures! :) ~F

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  9. Hiya - this sounds like loads of fun for everyone - oh what a clever idea ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary- It is fun and the pictures make it even better. :) ~F

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  10. Nice idea! Thanks for sharing about it.

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  11. Sounds like fun. I dug for treasure in my backyard as a kid. Guess I didn't dig quite far enough...

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    1. The Armchair Squid- Or maybe like Sam and Dave you were just missing the goods. :) ~F

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  12. I love the cover of this book! Sounds like a fun book! Big Hugs!

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    1. Magic Love Crow- It really is a fun one! :) ~F

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  13. It sounds so cute that the pictures tell one story and the words tell enough. I can just picture how much the kids would love that when reading with them!

    My recent post: http://oliviascatastrophe.com/2017/09/8-reasons-to-au-pair-abroad-giveaway/

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    1. Olivia-Savannah- If you are an au-pair again the kids would definitely get a kick out of this one. But- you have to read it to them once when they can't see the pictures first. :) ~F

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  14. what a hole digging adventure indeed!

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  15. As a child, digging in the sand at the beach, I can clearly remember my grandddad say that if I dug deep enough I'd reach Australia.

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    1. Tracy- I always felt like I could dig to the other side of the world too. :) ~F

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  16. That cover is all kinds of gorgeous. I love it :D Sounds like a great book too. Glad you enjoyed it. <3

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    1. Carina- Isn't it gorgeous! :) ~F

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