Friday, November 28, 2014
Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen
Readers know more too. Barnett plays the straight man here with the words.
"When should we stop digging?" asked Sam.
"We are on a mission," said Dave.
"We won't stop digging until we find something spectacular."
Klassen's illustrations provide both the real story and the humorous contrast with the text. The earth shown in cross-section reveals that the boys decide to change directions every time they get close to treasure (increasingly massive gemstones, a bone).
Sharp readers will spot the differences when the boys return home empty-handed. The surreal ending makes Sam & Dave Dig a Hole satisfying for all ages.
Look for other wonderful picture books by these talented guys, including Chloe and the Lion (Mac Barnett & Adam Rex), House Held Up by Trees (Ted Kooser & Jon Klassen) and my all-time favourite, I Want My Hat Back (Jon Klassen).