Sam and Dave dig a hole by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen, is worth a good look. Remember the fun of digging holes on the beach as a child and the notion of ‘digging to China’? This picture book is all about two children digging a hole. Mac Barnett’s words tell this story but Jon Klassen’s illustrations tell a different story as the hole twists and turns and the boys miss bigger and bigger jewels. The final twist to the story is told through the illustrations as the children return home… or do they. Compare the first and last pages with readers and see what you think.
There are so many possible ways to use this book in your classroom, no wonder it is a 2015 Caldecott Honor Book!