{Tour}: Little Excavator by Anna Dewdney (Review, Mini Swoon + a Giveaway!)

Welcome to Swoony Boys Podcast! Our friends over at Penguin Kids asked us if we wanted to be part of a blog tour for Little Excavator and we jumped at the chance! We absolutely love the Llama Llama books and were so excited to hear that Anna had another book coming out! We’ve got a Little Excavator Mini Swoon Review from one of Meg’s boys, Matteo! We also have our own review to share and we’re going to help you get to know author, Anna Dewdney a little bit better too. Ready to go? Let’s start with the 411…

***About the Book***

{Tour}: Little Excavator by Anna Dewdney (Review, Mini Swoon + a Giveaway!)Little Excavator by Anna Dewdney
Published by Penguin Group, Viking Juvenile on June 6th, 2017
Genres: Children's Fiction
Pages: 40
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From New York Times bestselling author-illustrator of the Llama Llama books comes a new character ready to dig his way into your heart!

Here come the BIG RIGS
rolling down the street.

There's Loader and Dump Truck, Backhoe and Crane. They're ready to transform a vacant lot into a neighborhood park. And who wants to help most of all?

Little Excavator! But are there any jobs for someone so small?

Anna Dewdney's signature rhyming text and inviting illustrations make this a perfect read aloud for for fans of things that go!

***Our Review***

What We Loved:

Meg’s youngest is a HUGE construction truck junkie, so when we found out that Anna Dewdney was writing a book about a truck we knew we had to get our hands on it! The illustrations are of course amazing, and the phrasing is melodical and so much fun to read. If you have kiddos who love trucks or just love to make truck sounds (SMASH SMASH SMASH! Dig Dig Dig!) they are going to love reading this one. We definitely did.

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***Mini Swoons Review***

Review by Matteo, Age 5

I want books about the other trucks! Will there be books about the other trucks too? You make the sounds good mommy, but I want dad to read it and hear how he does the sounds because he does those awesome! (I asked him his favorite page…) I love the SMASH page. Oh, the go, go, go was good too! I just like seeing all the pictures of the trucks. There are all so cute, my favorite is the excavator, but I like them all. (I asked him if he thought his friends would want to read it…) Yes! Except, (friends name). He only reads Star Wars. But, oh well. Everyone else would like it. This is mine, right? I get to keep it. ( He of course got to keep it!)


***Meet Anna Dewdney***

Anna Dewdney was a teacher, mother, and enthusiastic proponent of reading aloud to children. She continually honed her skills as an artist and writer and published her first Llama Llama book in 2005. Her passion for creating extended to home and garden and she lovingly restored an 18th century farmhouse in southern Vermont. She wrote, painted, gardened, and lived there with her partner, Reed, her two daughters, two wirehaired pointing griffons, and one bulldog. Anna passed away in 2016, but her spirit will live on in her books.

Find Anna Here:
Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads



Enter for a chance to win one (1) of five (5) copies of Little Excavator by Anna Dewdney (ARV: $19.99 each).

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on May 22, 2017 and 12:00 AM on June 19, 2017. Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about June 30, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

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  1. My boys love trucks, construction vehicles and tools as well as books about them. They will love to read this with me.

  2. Carol Luciano says

    With the way my grandsons love trucks and construction sets this book is definitely for them.
    Carol L

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