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Michael Whaite
Penguin Random House
Age 0-5

Have you ever looked at diggers and cranes and imagined they look like dinosaurs? Well this book does just that, tapping into two popular themes with young children and blending them together to create an amazing set of creatures – DIGGERSAURS! Bold illustrations, a rhyming text and an imaginative idea make this a great story for sharing again and again.


Share the story

Watch a trailer

Read aloud
Have fun with reading this story aloud dramatically, including the sound effects. There is lots to look at in the illustrations and children may well want to talk about some of the diggersaurs.

Join in
If you read this story often, children will remember the words and be able to join in as you read. They will enjoy the sound effects and may like making them with their voices or improvised instruments. The end papers are fun for this too, you could take turns saying the sounds.

Tell the story
After hearing the story a few times, children will get to know it well. Encourage them tell it to you in their own words, with some words or phrases from the story, using the pictures to help them.

Talk about the story
Talk about the names for the different diggersaurs, lots of them have names that are about the job they do. Perhaps you could make up more together.

Which is your child’s favourite diggersaur?

Spot the details in the illustrations and talk about them, for example what the little figures are doing, the dinosaur fossil, how the ‘breakasaurus’ creates cracks in the earth.

Things to make and do

Go for a walk
See if you can spot any ‘diggersaurs’ (diggers and cranes) and talk about what they are doing. What might they be called?

Let’s pretend…
Children could pretend to be a diggersaur: scooping, honking, lifting

Playing with toy diggers
If you have toy diggers children could put stickers on them for eyes and make up names for them. If you have access to sand or earth they could play with their ‘diggersaurs’ there.

Over three’s could draw a diggersaur, perhaps design a different one. What will its name be?

Find out more

Find out more about Michael Whaite here and here

Step by step instructions…
Older children might like to try Michael Whaite’s step by step instructions for drawing a diggersaur, see here.