Roy Digs Dirt

Scholastic. Apr. 2020. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781338251012.
PreS-Gr 1–Roy is a little spotted dog. And he is a dog that digs dirt. He digs in it all day long. He loves to sit in dirt and roll in it. Dirt makes him happy and extremely dirty. Roy eats, sniffs, and even listens to it. He creates imaginary friends out of dirt and hunts for buried treasure in it. Roy really digs dirt. The only thing he doesn’t like about dirt is getting clean—and ants! When there is no dirt around, there’s usually trouble. Roy becomes mad and agitated. He tears the newspaper apart and rips the carpet. Then he scratches the door to get back to the dirt. Roy really cares about his dirt, too. He protects it against nighttime critters and dreams about it in his sleep. To Roy, there’s nothing better than dirt. Shannon pens another zany, kid-friendly tale. Children will love the Roy’s antics with his favorite thing...dirt. The text is simple and large, and the pictures do a good job telling the story. This is a light and breezy feel-good book that’s perfect for storytime.
VERDICT David Shannon fans—old and new—will enjoy this delightfully dirty book.

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