Book #2 in the "Digger and Daisy - I am a Reader Series": Digger and Daisy walk to the park for a picnic. On the way there, Digger's keen sense of smell helps him explore his surroundings, but Daisy is on the lookout, trying to keep Digger's nose from leading him into trouble.
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In Digger and Daisy’s second outing,
Digger learns that—all appearances to the contrary—sometimes it is best to have
a nose full of dirt.
Digger and Daisy, the two chummy canine
siblings—as canine siblings, unlike certain other species, are wont to
be—decide to go for a picnic. While Daisy is happy to take in nature with her
eyes, her younger brother likes to exercise his nose. The words in this early
reader have a nice levitating quality, even in the unlikeliest of
places—“Digger likes to smell everything. He puts his nose in the hole. Digger
sniffs. He sniffs dirt up his nose. Digger snuffs. He snuffs more dirt up his
nose”—which make them fun to engage with. After Digger has gotten a good whiff
of the flowers and the cooling pie and the franks on the grill, all of which
raise a note of concern from Daisy for one reason or another, and after Digger
gets his nose clogged for being, as it were, too nosy, the story reverses
gears. It retraces its steps but now with the world of scent closed to Digger’s
jam-packed nostrils. It’s almost Shakespearean, until the skunk arrives on the
scene, its dashing black-and-white look a fine counterpart to the waxy crayon
sheen of the rest of Sullivan’s artwork.
Even the best of brothers can cause a
stink from time to time, but rarely are they so sweet. (Early reader. 4-8)