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"This is my digger" is a book that my four year old picked from the library selection. I knew immediately why he plumped for this one... it has a noisy button in the corner and for preschoolers, noise always seems to be attractive. Not so for mummies, but hey, we don't get much choice in the matter! So long as he is reading and enjoying the experience, I'm happy with that.
Guilty of judging the book by its cover, I was not overly excited at the prospect of reading it. But it turned out to be an enjoyable little story and for a four year old it was clear and easy to understand. There was also plenty of interaction as there were some textured areas on each page. It is a board book, so it is very sturdy. Always a bonus in my opinion.
This book is from the Usborne Noisy Touchy-Feely range. It is not one that I have been familiar with, but I would certainly try it again after our experience with "This is my digger." The noisy button in the corner makes the sound of a digger shoveling and it has the words "And it goes Brrrmmm". To me, I think it sounds more like a bit of white noise rather than a Brmmm, but my little boy happily pushed the button at the end of each page. He's mature enough now to know to wait until the end of the page to push the button. His sister would press it randomly if I were reading it to her.
Each double page spread features a sentence about what the digger does and illustrates this very well too. The illustrations also include interesting textures as I mentioned before. The bucket for example is a spongy silver foam. The digger tracks are a corrugated cardboard and the arm of the digger is a shiny yellow plastic. These are very good for holding the child's interest. Also, the way in which the sentence is broken down, allows for plenty of explanation about the action. I can stop at any point on the page to explain something and pick up again without any trouble. For example, one double page spread includes the sentences "This is my digger. It has... (Image) Crawler Tracks. It bumps and bounces... (image) ... over lumpy ground" so as you can see there are plenty of gaps that allow some chat with the child.
The button in the corner is very easy to push. Our toddler can do it with ease, however she is not as interested in this book as the four year old. I think if you have a child who loves building and diggers then they will love this book. The illustrations are very sweet and there is lots going on to keep them involved. There are also other books in the range such as "This is my puppy" "This is my Kitten" "This is my Duck" "This is my Monster and "This is my dinosaur" so there is certainly something in the range that will suit your little one.
I would recommend this as a read for 3/4 year olds. It's maybe a little too simple for older children but it is certainly a good book for preschoolers.
My two year old son loves reading the tactile Usborne touchy-feely range and also enjoys noisy stories so 'This is my digger', part of a new range of Usborne stories, seemed an obvious choice. My son proudly carried his new noisy touchy feely find out of the library and it has been enjoyed many a time since!
The book is a solid, sturdy hardback with all the interactive qualities that I've come to expect from a good quality Usborne children's book. This one features a cheerful yellow digger, with each double page spread concentrating on a specific feature which is 'touchy feely' in much the same way as Usborne's 'That's not my...' range. In this instance, the 'big silver bucket' is a squashy silver fabric. The 'long yellow arm' is a shiny plastic strip and the 'cab with shiny windows' is illustrated using foil-like paper. Finally the digger has 'crawler tracks' which are a black ridged rubbery texture. The last pages reiterate all of the features and all of the different textures and textiles are featured ready for a sensory overload!
The tactile patches are usually my son's favourite feature of these types of Usborne stories but, with this one, the addition of a yellow button at the bottom of the book always grabs his attention first. As well as describing and illustrating the separate features and functions of the digger, the story repeats the same refrain 'and it goes...Brrrrrrm!" at the bottom of the page, inviting your child to press the button to reveal a satisfyingly loud 'brrrm'! My son rarely manages to wait until we get to the bottom of the page before he has to press that tempting yellow button. The button doesn't require much force or co-ordination to operate the sound effect so this could be enjoyed by the youngest of children.
As with some other noisy story books that we read together, I do find that the sound effects can detract slightly from the power of the words and pictures. My son does enjoy pressing the button much more than he enjoys finding and touching the tactile sections or looking at the pictures. That said, he is aware of the point that the button should be pressed (even though he also presses it throughout the entire story) and always joins in with the familiar refrain of 'and it goes....Brrrrrrm!' so he does appreciate the rhythm and structure of the story on some level.
I would recommend this book to any little ones who love diggers and interactive noisy stories. It is a fun little book to read together and enjoy. Sadly, the batteries that operate the sound effect aren't replaceable which does shorten the life span of the book, making it poorer value for money than other noisy children's books on the market.
I bought this book, from the library; that is my digger as I thought it was a book that had a combination of things to help hold the interest of my son. It is a relatively new book that was publishes in May 2009.
It is a board book that does seem quite sturdy. It does however have warning on the book that states it contains cell batteries which can be dangerous if swallowed so need to be aware of this particularly if you do have a child who tends to damage books
The book is more facts about diggers that and actual story. It slowly takes you through each part of the digger starting with the bucket. The bucket is made out of a spongy silver fabric which highlights the area been written about. On each component of the Digger it actually explains what they do so gives detailed understanding of how a digger works
It continues to follow this sequence by describing the arm, cab caterpillar tyres and each have a different texture and feel to them.
At the end of each page are the words "and it goes Brmmm." These words surround a button and when you push the button it plays a Digger engine sound.
The final page recaps on what parts have been examined throughout the book.
I did believe that if anything can hold my sons attention then this book could as he does love books with sounds, touchy feely books and like most little boys is a fan of anything to do with machines. It appears to teach more detailed information about diggers and though it has no story my son has other books about building sites that have no story and bore me senseless that he loves them anyway.
My experience however was quite different. He doesn't love the book not long enough to get through the whole book. Having seen him looking at the book it seems like there is actually too much going on he doesn't bother with the touchy feely bit as he likes pressing the button more and the descriptions of the items don't seem to hold any interest.
From my experience this book was a real flop although it has all the components to be a big hit. I do recommend trying to get this book from the library before buying as I wouldn't discount it due to my son's response but it is a lot of money to spend on a book if your child shows no interest.
It is currently available at Amazon for £8.99 which is £1 off the RRP.