Sam and Dave Dig a Hole

With perfect pacing, the multi award winning, New York Times best selling team of Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen dig down for a deadpan tale full of visual humor.Sam and Dave are on a mission A mission to find something spectacular So they dig a hole And they keep digging And they find nothing Yet the day turns out to be pretty spectacular after all Attentive readWith perfect pacing, the multi award winning, New York Times best selling team of Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen dig down for a deadpan tale full of visual humor.Sam and Dave are on a mission A mission to find something spectacular So they dig a hole And they keep digging And they find nothing Yet the day turns out to be pretty spectacular after all Attentive readers will be rewarded with a rare treasure in this witty story of looking for the extraordinary and finding it in a manner you d never expect.
Sam and Dave Dig a Hole With perfect pacing the multi award winning New York Times best selling team of Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen dig down for a deadpan tale full of visual humor Sam and Dave are on a mission A mission t

  • Title: Sam and Dave Dig a Hole
  • Author: Mac Barnett Jon Klassen
  • ISBN: 9780763662295
  • Page: 331
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. depending on your own psychological makeup, this is either a cute and funny children's book, or the most insidious and emotionally scarring book intended for children since The Velveteen Rabbit. since i dig emotional scars like sam and dave dig that hole, i'm gonna go with the darker interpretation here. and i feel like this interpretation is earned, since the entire book causes increasing agitation and frustration in the reader, who can't quite squash that impulse to yell at the characters, "IT [...]

    2. It’s a great book. It has some excellent broad humor, as well as one heck of a challenging ending that will make readers think. Really, one of the best open-ended picture book conclusions in recent memory. I will now present six theories on what exactly happens at the end of Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, from least likely to most likely.Theory #1: The Dog is Jesus TheoryIn this theory, the dog that accompanies Sam and Dave is Jesus, trying to lead the boys in the right direction (notice that the do [...]

    3. Such a cute book! The title says it all. Jon Klassen is one of my favorite children's books illustrators today, and he does not disappoint. If you have kiddos I highly recommend reading this to them :)

    4. Sam and Dave Dig a Hole. The uninspired, to-the-point title is the only thing uninspired about this very charming children's book. The humor here is mainly in the visuals, but this is not to say the story itself is lacking; though it's simple, it's highly memorable and just hilarious, and with only a few sentences per page, this is an ideal bedtime read. There's no moral to the story, but so what? Sometimes it's ok to just have a laugh and not a lesson.Final verdict: A must-read-now probably mos [...]

    5. Oh, I like it!Sam and Dave set off with their dog in search of something SPECTACULAR . and they seem to think they'll find it by digging a hole in their backyard. Well it's as good a place as any to start.It was an interesting book. At the surface it is a story of two boys playing in their backyard searching for a "treasure" AND exasperatedly missing it over and over . and coming home empty handed and hungry. I was groaning page after page (watching the illustrations) thinking, "Just watch wher [...]

    6. Sam and Dave dig a hole. They dig, dig, and dig down, under, and side to side in search of something spectacular. Do they find what they’re looking for?Barnett and Klassen make a spectacular duo! Mr. Barnett’s quiet, witty way with words and Klassen’s sly sense of humor and masterful use of space on the page make a fun, quirky, smart read. Kids will be pointing and shouting at the page—“It’s right there!” Haha….My favorite part was the look on the dog’s face. It’s amazing wha [...]

    7. "When should we stop digging?" asked Sam."We are on a mission," said Dave. "We won't stop digging until we find something spectacular."Dave and Sam go out to dig a hole. They dig and dig. To the child's (reader's) frustration, Sam and Dave always just miss the giant peach-colored diamonds hidden under the earth. They are accompanied by a wise little dog who always looks like he knows what's up.The ending is wildly implausible.Highly recommended to children who dream of digging to China and spend [...]

    8. Check out more picture book reviews @ Perspective of a WriterSam and Dave are on a mission with their dog to find something SPECTACULAR! And their solution is digging a hole a really wild and crazy hole that needs snacks and naps. But they neglect to look where their dog indicates!This is a crazy book that even elicited a giggle from my nephew! High praise as it means he understood what was going on and that the boys were supposed to find the pink diamonds littering the pages. He even noted that [...]

    9. Sam & Dave completely had me until the very end. I love that the boys (plus dog) decide to dig until they find something spectacular. They keep stopping short and changing directions just as they are (unknowingly) about to uncover enormous, cool gems. So great for a discussion with kids about perseverance, and visually it's so fun. But then, the end didn't work for me. Ah well, maybe I gave up on it too soon.

    10. Barnett and Klassen are an amazing picture book duo who have created with this book an instant classic. Sam and Dave are two friends who set out to dig a hole on Monday. They decide that they won’t stop digging until they find “something spectacular.” They keep digging, deeper and deeper, missing jewels by just a few inches. They stop and have chocolate milk and animal cookies and then continue to dig. Maybe another direction will help them find treasure? But readers will see as they take [...]

    11. I do not have a clever theory about what is going on here. But it's cool, whatever it is. Two boys decide to dig a hole. They dig a really big hole. Things get weird. No matter what age you are, no matter whether you don't normally read picture books, you must read this. Natasha and I both agree. Now.You're welcome.Library copy.

    12. After Extra Yarn, I was basically ready to follow Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen anywhere they wanted to lead med it turns out that was down a hole. This book is hilarious and also a little bit eerie--I love that they apparently (view spoiler)[end up in an alternate dimension (check out the way the tree differs at the start and the finish of the book) (hide spoiler)]. A funny little adventure with a satisfying twist.

    13. Loved Klassen's art as always, and the story started off as something I got (and thought kids would get) a real kick out of, but the (sorry for the profanity, but I am first and foremost a Teen Services Person and we are allowed to say words like) stupid ending did not work for me AT ALL. Definitely will not be using this in storytime or anything.

    14. The dog is my favorite character.My favorite scene is where the dog (view spoiler)[digs through the bottom of the hole and they all fall through (hide spoiler)].

    15. As Maxwell Smart would say, "Missed it by that much," So close and yet so, so far away. Sam and Dave should pay a little more attention to their dog.I'm truly not sure what the point of this book unless it's just teasing the reader. What amazing finds Sam and Dave almost uncovered. I remember feeling this way as a kid, though. If I just kept digging a little bit more, who knows what I could have found? But check out that last scene--readers might assume the boys made it back home, but when you l [...]

    16. *spoiler alert* What the heck? If you show me a gigantic diamond in the ground right where two boys are digging a hole in search of something "spectacular", call me shallow but I want the boys to find the darn diamond! Yes, I appreciate the dramatic irony or instead winding up back where they started (although I'm still not sure how that happened logistically). But well, if choosing between dramatic irony and diamonds, I will pick the diamond. Frankly I think the kids will be even more nonplusse [...]

    17. "Sam and Dave Dig a Hole" is about 2 boys who dig a hole. They are on a mission to dig "until we find something spectacular." The boys, with their dog along side with them, keep digging. The boys take a break from digging and drink chocolate milk and eat animal crackers. They decided digging straight down isn't working, so they change directions and dig to the left and dig to the right. The dig so much that they begin to feel tired and cannot dig anymore so they take a rest and end up falling as [...]

    18. A picture book that will probably appeal to boys thanks to its 'characters oblivious to the real situation' humour and the little dog who knows as much as the reader but whom the characters likewise ignore.The surprise is sufficiently left-field to baffle adults and amaze children—at least those who don't mind their stories left a little unresolved.GoodReadingGuide

    19. Skye: "I like the surprise ending. Even I couldn't predict it!" Felix: "I like it 'cause it's kinda like Minecraft."Felix: "Why are you giving it four stars instead of five?"Me: "It has to be pretty spectacular to get five stars."Felix: "It is spectacular in a special way! The only thing that frustrated me was *spoiler ahead*"ey didn't get any gems!"

    20. I have read this book at least 15 times since I got it last week. Definitely my favorite picture book so far this year, even though I still have no idea what to make of it. Where did Sam and Dave end up? What's up with the dog, and the bone? Why is everything the same, but different? WHAT DOES IT MEAN??

    21. I like this deadpan team, I like the simple,understated, funny story, and I like Jon Klaasen's art. It's not as edgy as other Klaasen stuff, but it is still really good and fun and the little things involving the dog, and cat, are the really great things to look for in it. GR nominated for best of year, 2014. Deserving.

    22. The Barnett/Klassen partnership really must continue. This book is so darling, I can't stand it. The simple, almost washed-out pictures, the simple words just perfect!

    23. I read this during a break at work and loved it. What a great ending! The illustrations are fantastic, too. A+

    24. Man oh man, you gotta love Mac Barnett's writing and Jon Klassen's illustrations (one of my favs). Adorable, cute, funny as heck.

    25. A lovely picture book! Goes nicely when introducing reception to the 'd' sound as the action of digging helps them remember! As you read they can practice digging with spades whilst saying 'd'!

    26. Wonderful creation of tension created by the illustrations. Great message for children too. Not sure about the new dimension ending but it was quirky and funny. Great for spot the difference.

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