Tuesday, June 13, 2017

#PRHpartner Little Excavator Review & Giveaway Blog Tour

 Having little boys we've come to love construction. It probably helps that Daddy is a plumber and has worked with just about every type of construction vehicle there is. In fact we showed him the different machinery while reading this book and he confirmed that he has driven them all. We have been to a local amusement park in NJ called Diggerland that lets you drive and use the real equipment - which all my boys loved. When I saw the new book - Little Excavator by Anna Dewdney - I knew it would be a wonderful addition to our library.

This book is from the creator of the Llama Llama books. It features a small guy - Little Excavator who is trying to find his place on the job site. The book is a sweet story of fitting in. Lots of sounds and repetition make for a wonderful and engaging read. In the end Little Excavator finds his role and learns even little guys can help. I love that message since we have some big guys (our teens) and our six year old often feels too small to make any difference. We've been encouraging him to help when he can and this story just reaffirmed that message!

What could possibly be as appealing as Anna Dewdney's llamas? Anna Dewdney's trucks!
The Big Rigs are working hard at the construction site when Little Excavator rolls up, eager to help. But Little Excavator isn't big enough to CHUG CHUG CHUG! like the Dump Truck as it loads dirt to lug or MOUND MOUND MOUND! like the 'Dozer as it pushes up the ground. Little Excavator wants to smooth out bumps and dig up dirt, but he is just too small. As Big Rigs around him WORK WORK WORK! they finally find a job that no other machine can do...except for Little Excavator!
Anna Dewdney was a teacher, mother, and enthusiastic proponent of reading aloud to children. She continually honed her skills as an artist and writer and published her first Llama Llama book in 2005. Her passion for creating extended to home and garden and she lovingly restored an 18th century farmhouse in southern Vermont. She wrote, painted, gardened, and lived there with her partner, Reed, her two daughters, two wirehaired pointing griffons, and one bulldog. Anna passed away in 2016, but her spirit will live on in her books.

Blog Stops:
June 12 – My Storytime Corner
June 13 – A Rup Life
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Enter for a chance to win one (1) of five (5) copies of Little Excavator by Anna Dewdney (ARV: $19.99 each).

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on May 22, 2017 and 12:00 AM on June 19, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about June 30, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

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  1. My guys love trucks, construction vehicles and tools of all kinds. They will love reading this book!

  2. I have a grandson that loves to dig in the dirt and he would totally love this book

  3. This book is adorable for the little ones. And what little boy doesn't love trucks ? Or big boy for that matter. My grandsons would love the book.
    Carol L
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  4. I love the art work in this book it reminds me of the ones I read over 50 years ago my little nephew would love reading this one.

  5. It looks like a cute kids book mine would enjoy.

  6. With my cousin! She'd love this book :)



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