Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett Book Review

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett
Illustrations by Jon Klassen
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Release Date: October 14, 2014

Sam and Dave are on a mission. A mission to find something spectacular. And so they dig. And dig. And dig. And they find nothing. Of course, unknown to them, each time they decide to dig a different direction whether that be left, right or down, they are actually missing out on some amazing treasure.

This was a suspenseful story in a way that I rarely see in picture books. With each turn of the page the reader is shown beautiful diamonds hiding right beneath the surface, yet Sam and Dave always decide to dig in a different direction. Each time they miss the jewels, which only become more and more extraordinary as they dig. Add to this the dog that is always pointing the way toward treasure. There is humor without the need for meaning or moral, which only made the story more interesting. No lesson is to be learned here, just a nice story about two boys that always seem to be digging in the wrong direction. If any lesson was to be garnered from these pages it would simply be this--perseverance will bring its own reward.