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Score: 9.8/10  [3 reviews]
5 out of 5
ProdID: 9037 - The Little Yellow Digger Finds Treasure
Written by Peter Gilderdale & Fifi Colston

The Little Yellow Digger Finds Treasure
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October 2022

The Little Yellow Digger Finds Treasure product reviews

Proud to promote NZ products"We followed as the digger rumbled down towards the truck,
and watched it start the digging to get the truck unstuck."

The driver's dog (called Charlie) had heard that funny sound.
He dived into the hole to dig... just look at what he found!
Buried right below the place the truck had come to rest,
there was the top (just showing) of a rather rusty chest."

The Little Yellow Digger is back and this time it's at the seaside. After the digger rescues a truck stuck on a beach, Charlie the dog excitedly uncovers something else buried in the sand. Further investigation reveals what looks like a treasure chest... but who knows what is inside...

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Review by: sassy121 (Amelia)
Dated: 13th of January, 2023

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This Review: 10/10
Age Appropriate:
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Personal Choice:
Score 10 out of 10

My 3 children have always been keen readers, whether reading by themselves, or listening to me read them a story. From a young age there has always been a picture book series that keeps their attention from start to finish no matter what - The Little Yellow Digger series. When I saw that there was a new release, I knew my children would be ecstatic to read it.

The new book is called 'The Little Yellow Digger Finds Treasure', on the cover the main images are of the yellow digger on the beach with 2 Orcas playing in the water, and a dog digging. My boys were especially excited about this story as they thought it might involve pirates, which they are obsessed with, needless to say we had to read the story as soon as they saw it.

When you first open the book to the first page you are instantly met by a vibrant scene of a beach, and there is a truck that looks stuck, the boys instantly guessed that this would be why the little yellow digger would be needed for assistance. As with the other stories in the series, this one is also written in a rhyming style, which makes it fun to read for the children and myself.

The storyline flows effortlessly from the initial situation with the truck, right through to the end scenario of the digger finding treasure. My eldest son said his favourite part was when the stuck truck was finally freed from its predicament, my youngest son said his favourite part was seeing what was in the treasure chest. The story bought up a conversation of what happens when you find something that isn't yours, as both boys were confused why the police took the treasure, and why "finder keepers" was not applied.

I highly recommend this book and believe it is targeted at young children, however Mr 9 was still very much engrossed waiting to see the final outcome. Hopefully in the not-too-distant future there will be another adventure to follow with the Little Yellow Digger.

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Review by: cath_champ (Catherine)
Dated: 1st of January, 2023

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This Review: 10/10
Age Appropriate:
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Value for Money:
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Personal Choice:
Score 10 out of 10

Mister three was very excited to read this book. We already have two others within the series, the original Little Yellow Digger and The Little Yellow Digger and the Big Ship. This one didn't disappoint and followed the same theme and rhyming which made for enjoyable reading.

The Little Yellow Digger Finds Treasure is a great New Zealand read for any truck and vehicle enthusiasts which my son is. He laughed and smiled as we read through this together. The narrative is very age appropriate and he enjoyed joining in when the vehicle got "STUCK". The rhyming and words used were easy and fun to read. Each page contains a short paragraph and alliteration forces you to read slowly but is easy for young readers to follow along.

The illustrations were very kiwi incorporating New Zealand police and New Zealand money which was nice to see. The theme across all books within this series is really nice and each book is unique but also consistent which is great. I would highly recommend this book and any within this series for any young and old digger lover. An easy read which all parents would appreciate and love to read to their child night after night

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Review by: savta (Jo)
Dated: 6th of December, 2022

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This Review: 9.5/10
Age Appropriate:
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Mr Three was so excited to find that he was to review this book that he grabbed it to "read" before anybody else in the family could look at it. He is familiar with the series and loves the books - the colourful illustrations and the way that the Little Yellow Digger always turns out to be the hero appeal to his sense of fun and adventure. This story, just like all the others, has similar wonderful pictures which are so easy to follow that a pre-schooler can get the gist of the story with few or no words at all! That is so helpful when children are learning to spell out their first written words; knowing the context helps them to work out the meaning. After the initial investigation of "his" new book, Mr Three constantly returned to it on his own to "read" the story to himself.

The police cars were another point of interest for Mr Three. He thought it was sad when they took the money away as he had expected those who found it would be able to keep it, but when he discovered what was really going to happen to the money he cheered up. He was delighted when Charlie and the Little Yellow Digger were later rewarded for their rescue efforts. He would have liked a little more information about the robber and how the treasure ended up there in the first place, but in the absence of more information he just did his own speculation - helped by Miss Five, who has a good imagination.

This Little Yellow Digger story is really two stories within one. The first one is about the rescue of the truck from the sand. There is a lesson here about how dangerous an incoming tide can be; Aotearoa New Zealand is a maritime country with easy access to the coast, even for people who live inland. Swimming and boating are both popular sports, but it is essential to respect the environment and understand the risks that water can pose. The owners of the truck in this story were lucky, and their vehicle was rescued thanks to the Little Yellow Digger, but the ending could have been quite different if they had been trapped inside while the tide was coming in.

The second story is about the treasure box revealed as a result of the Little Yellow Digger's rescue efforts. Charlie the dog helps to uncover the box, and what they find results in a huge police presence. Although finders are not keepers, at least not this time, all ends well for everybody including the real owner of the box contents. Justice is done and everybody is happy with the possible exception of the robber!

This is a truly delightful story which appealed to Miss Five as much as to Mr Three. It has joined the ranks of their favourite books for bedtime, and should prove just as popular in years to come.

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