ALSC - Recommended Books to Read for Summer 2015


Sam and Dave Dig a Hole (2014)

Written by Mac Barnett

Illustrated by Jon Klassen

With perfect pacing, the multi-award-winning, New York Times best-selling team of Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen dig down for a deadpan tale full of visual humor.

Sam and Dave are on a mission. A mission to find something spectacular. So they dig a hole. And they keep digging. And they find . . . nothing. Yet the day turns out to be pretty spectacular after all. Attentive readers will be rewarded with a rare treasure in this witty story of looking for the extraordinary — and finding it in a manner you’d never expect. This book is recommended for children ages 4 and up. (Copyright © Candlewick/Random House. All rights reserved.)

Source:  Penguin Random House Company.

Jon Klassen grew up in Niagara Falls, Canada. He is the author and illustrator of I Want My Hat Back, as well as the illustrator of Cats’ Night Out by Caroline Stutson, Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett, and the other books in the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series. He achieved international recognition when he was awarded the Governor General's Award for English-language children's illustration for illustrating Carolyn Stutson's Cats' Night Out. Klassen won the Caldecott Medal for This is Not My Hat, published by Candlewick Press in 2012, which both wrote and illustrated. He worked on the animation for Kung Fu Panda and Coraline and he was art director for the animated music video of "I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight" by U2. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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