Friday, 15 August 2014

ReaditDaddy's Book of the Week - Week Ending 15th August 2014 - "Digby Dog Delivers" by Tor Freeman (Macmillan Children's Books)

Digby Dog Delivers

Written and Illustrated by
Tor Freeman

Published by Macmillan Children's Books

The mighty, the magnificent, the masterful Tor Freeman is back, this time with a superb book that's part hidden object challenge, part story but all brilliant! Time to meet the latest busy little animal creation from one of our favourite author illustrators.

Digby Dog is the busiest dog in town. No parcel too big, no letter too small as Digby dashes around ensuring the post is on time. Charlotte wriggled with delight reading this as we both tracked down those tricky customers and the other hidden objects Digby needs to find in each scene.

(Charlotte was also convinced she saw The Toucan Brothers - from Tor's utterly brilliant book of the same name - tucked away in a scene in this tale!)

Some books are quite overwhelming in the amount of detail they pack in. In "Digby Delivers", each scene is so packed with tiny little moments of brilliance, in-jokes and entertaining mini-scenes that play out in the background or as part of the main story itself. In places the book reminds me of the genius of Richard Scarry, at other times it feels a little like "Where's Wally" but Tor takes the core theme of finding things to help Digby to another level entirely, this book really is THAT good!

Digby rounds off his busy day by delivering a very special parcel to his daughter. Can you guess what it is?

An utter delight and a truly brilliant book of the week.

Charlotte's best bit: She loved the "Kew Gardens" scene and the crazy scientists too. So many brilliant little things to see in both these scenes.

Daddy's Favourite bit: So many things to love (I loved the poster homage to Rosie the Riveter). Tor Freeman taps into the hidden object formula, bringing along all her brilliant storytelling and illustration skills to create something truly spectacular and special here, do not miss Digby, he really does deliver in this tale!

(Kindly sent to us for review by Macmillan Children's Books)