Friday, August 24, 2018

Can You Really Dig a Hole to China?

Bubba says he can dig a hole to China, but his big sister, Squirt, doesn’t believe it. Bubba digs with a special shovel, and they're both surprised when the hole swallows them up, transporting them to a dark place surrounded by Terracotta Warriors. What is going on? How did they get here and why? Will they ever get home to their family? Things become even more curious when the ghost of an emperor tells them he needs his missing pi. Is it possible to find the pi in a place where they aren’t familiar? Making matters worse- someone seems to be after them. Will Bubba and Squirt solve the mystery and find the pi? You’ll have to follow along on this adventure to find out!


Bubba and Squirt’s Big Dig to China is the first chapter book I’ve read by Sherry Ellis. I was curious about it because at the beach I’ve tried to dig a hole to the other side of the world. Mine didn’t work! I can’t imagine trying to dig that deep in a yard! Bubba was determined though. Bubba and Squirt are a very realistic brother and sister pair. I think kids will be able to relate to their sibling relationship. I liked that they learned a lot on their travels through Chinese culture and about what a “pi” is. The story weaves in history and interesting facts. This is a great chapter book for kids who are beginning to read longer texts and for those who may have a hard time picking out books. I would recommend this book to kids in second grade and up who like stories with adventure, magic, and humor. I enjoyed reading about Bubba and Squirt’s adventure, and I look forward to reading about more adventures in the future (hopefully). 

Has anyone else read Bubba and Squirt’s Big Dig to China? Or have you read another book by Sherry Ellis? We’d love to hear your thoughts.

Stop back Saturday for an interview with the author. 😀

Happy Reading!
~L

*Sherry is generously giving away three paperback copies of Bubba and Squirt's Big Dig to China.  All you have to do is comment on this review or our interview tomorrow. Winners will be randomly selected. Good luck! 

27 comments:

  1. Sounds like Sherry gave an awesome tale indeed. From her blog you know she can sure get the kids life like.

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    1. Pat- Totally! I always enjoy the stories she tells on her blog. She gets kids for sure. :)

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  2. I thought the story was so cute. I hope she does write more adventures of Bubba and Squirt.

    Thank you so much for featuring the book this week.

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    1. L. Diane Wolf- We were so happy to help spotlight Sherry. Hoping there are more Bubba and Squirt adventures for sure! :)

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  3. Thank you so much for the review and for featuring my book this week!

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    1. Sherry- You are welcome! So happy to share about the story with others. :)

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  4. I haven't read it. I remember my brother and I wondering if we could dig a hole to the other side of the world in our backyard when we were little.

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    1. Mary- I am betting there are lots of us out there that tried to dig at least one hole to the other side of the world. :)

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  5. Sounds like a fun story. Enjoy your weekend, hugs, Valerie

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  6. Oh what fun. My brothers most definitely did try and dig their way to China. And failed.

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    1. EC- Digging to another part of the world is definitely a tough task. ;)

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  7. I've been watching this book for awhile. Looking forward to reading it. Kids should enjoy the adventure. And learning facts about China should interest teachers too. Thanks for a great review.

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    1. Beverly- I agree! It is a fun book and a great way for kids to learn about China. :) Enjoy!

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  8. I think sounds amazing I love read about others countries !

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  9. Sounds like so much fun! Sherry is a great person and a great writer!
    (Jess, thanks so much for going by Stephanie's Instagram. I joined from my computer. I didn't think I could, so I followed you.)
    Big Hugs and have a great weekend!

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    1. Magic Love Crow- It is lots of fun!

      You are welcome! I am happy to see you on Instagram now too. Although you can't add pictures from the computer- you can like and comment- which is good. I would love it if they started letting us add pictures from our computers though. :)

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  10. this sounds like an exciting adventure.

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  11. Hi DMS - how many of us have tried to dig through to China (or the other side of the world) while at the beach ... but Bubba and Squirt manage it - that's amazing ... and they have to look for "pi" ... even more interesting. It seems Sherry has excelled herself with this book - sounds quite delightful ... I'd love to read a copy and then pass it on ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary- You love learning about new things so much that I am sure you will enjoy this story. It is fun and a great way to learn about China. :) Happy reading!

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  12. This does sound very good.

    All the best Jan

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  13. Bubba and Squirt’s Big Dig to China has me intrigued, and I have been out of school for quite some time. :) I appreciate that the sibling relationship is realistic and that young readers receive an education as the magical adventure unfolds. Sherry's chapter book has all the right stuff to make it a success!

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    1. Shady Del Knight- It is definitely great for adults too and anyone who enjoys a good story. :)

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  14. Ooh, I've seen the Teracotta Warriors before! I love the idea of them getting sucked in and transported. As someone with siblings I always love a sibling duo although I don't have a brother so it would be interesting to see how the dynamic changes :D

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