A crew of dogs working on a construction site make for a delightful picture book written and illustrated in full-color by James Horvath. In Dig, Dogs, Dig: A Construction Tail, Duke heads up a pack of construction worker dogs as they suit up in boots, gloves, goggles and dirt-digging suits to build a park! The dogs get to use all kinds of cool equipment—a crane, a dump truck, a loader, a bulldozer, and a cement truck. Most fun of all they get to dig. Like all dogs, they love digging. Work is interrupted when the dogs find something deep at the bottom of a hole. Children will love discovering what is buried in the ground.
In this colorful book for emergent readers, a team of construction dogs gather their equipment and set out to build a park. They run into a small glitch when they dig up a dinosaur bone, but soon have the park site graded and ready for the trees, ponds and benches that comprise the park. There is even a place to put the T. Rex bone that was unearthed.
I Can Read books do a great job of putting limited amount of text on the page and supporting that text with pictures so that readers can take visual clues from them. The simple rhyming text will help these readers pick up that words like "late" can have the same ending sound as "wait", and the rhythm makes this a story that is sure to be requested again and again.
While this isn't directly related to the classic Go, Dog, Go, there are certainly small shout outs to that book, with several of the dogs bearing a resemblance to the P.D. Eastman characters, even though the question "Do you like my hat?" never comes up.
Emergent readers who like animals, trucks, or fun rhymes will enjoy this simple tale as well as the other two books in this series. (Build, Dogs, Build and Work Dogs Work.)