by Mac Barnett
illustrated by Jon Klassen
Age range: 4 to 8 years old
On a beautiful Monday morning Sam and Dave decide to go on a mission, the mission of finding something spectacular. Then they dig, and dig, and dig. The reader can see that they are close to something spectacular, but then Sam and Dave decide to stop digging straight down, since it doesn't seem to be working. And when the reader can see something even more spectacular than before is going to be discovered, Sam and Dave decide to split up! And when the most spectacular thing of all is just one scoop away, the boys decide to change their digging direction again!
The story is really funny. It's difficult not to shout to the boys to continue just a little more! The illustrations are exactly what the story needs. And the end is kind of open, so I let you figure out your own theory about it. In any case this is not usual in a picture book, so extra points for the funny, good, and thought provoking discussions it brings!