Monday, December 7, 2009
The Lonely Digger, written and illustrated by Margaret Merry
Strategic Book Publishing
Published April 2009
Paperback, 68 pages
This is the charming story of a digger named Lola that is abandoned in a quarry because it is no longer functional to its owner and now considered a “useless heap of rusty metal”. However, as the seasons change, Lola becomes a resting and hiding place to several different animals at different times. But none of them stay for too long, and Lola continues to be lonely and to long for a friend, until she meets the boy who will change everything.
Through Lola, author Margaret Merry has brought to life a character that ultimately is rewarded for her kindness and her help to others in times of need. This is a meaningful message for children. As is her trademark, the author introduces a cast of interesting animals and their young with beautiful watercolour illustrations. My children aged eight and five enjoyed the premise of this lovely story. I had to read it in two sittings, though, because it was too long (68 pages) to read in one sitting.
If you know of a boy or girl who loves diggers and animals, this book is sure to please.
Disclosure: Thanks to Strategic Book Group for sending this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.