The Book of Diggers and Dozers: Book Review

Join Cogz the Robot Dog and discover how DIGGERS, BULLDOZERS, and other BIG machines work!

Title: The Book of Diggers and Dozers
Series: Clever Cogz
Author: Neil Clark
Illustrator: Neil Clark
ISBN: 9780711243415          Language: English

Classification: Non-fiction
Topic: Machines
Themes: future, cause and effect, human impact

What's it about?
Cogz, and his mice sidekicks, Nutty and Bolt, are at a building site, looking at all the different parts of a digger. But how do they work? Discover all about hydraulics, learn about tractors and the jobs they can do, find out about the biggest machines ever made, and much more! 

Much of the information is conveyed in speech bubbles by Cogz and the mice. The page about hydraulics is especially well done in both wording and illustrative forms.

The content might be too difficult depending on the level of understanding your child has (if preschool-aged).

My Thoughts
The book releases on the 19th of November 2019 (UK) from Quarto Publishing and publishes in Australia on the 3rd of December 2019.

Every now and then I let one of my kids chose a book from those presented to me and this is the one my five-year-old son chose!

This book looks at the most common construction and farming equipment that children are most likely to have seen. At the moment there are several construction sites where we live after a major building was demolished, the land leveled, and now a new shopping complex is being built. Plus an old folks home up the road is building a brand new centre as well...My son has loved seeing all the machines (my daughter to a lesser extent but the interest is there).

This book particular is a good build-on to other diggers books we already have. The speech bubbles are good as it allows children to begin making connections with the way that speech can be conveyed in stories (versus paragraphs of writing). It also helps to break up the page and information into small bites.

The machines covered in this book are:

  • Diggers
  • Tractors
  • Cranes
  • Road Rollers
  • Bulldozers
  • Excavators
  • Robot Diggers

I want to particularly mention the hydraulics page. I admit that I know nothing about this topic and so I too found reading through that page really interesting. The diagram and the analogy used to help understand how hydraulics work was clear and a bit clever. With STEM a current curriculum focus in many places this particular page makes for a good basic introduction to engineering, physics, and inventions. It would be fascinating to see grades 1-3 read that page and either invent something that would use hydraulics or create their own mechanism based on the one shown using recycled materials.

Overall, it's a really good book that could be introduced in a literacy lesson to then lead to STEM activities. Definitely, one I'd buy for the classroom.

Special thanks to Quarto Publishing Group and NetGalley for the ARC.

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