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Ben's Big Dig

by Daniel Wakeman
illustrated by Dirk Van Stralen

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list price: $19.95
also available: eBook
published: 2005
Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
6 to 8
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Reading age:
3 to 5
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Ben’s Big Dig

During a reluctant visit with his grandmother, Ben digs a tunnel to escape, opening the door to unexpected adventures. A wordless story in comic strip format, that kids can tell to adults.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Canadian Children’s Book News. 2006.

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  • Commended, CCBC Our Choice
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If you dug a hole to the other side of the earth, where do you think you would end up? In this wordless picturebook, pictures tell Ben's story of a midnight journey through the center of the earth and the surprising journey home. Ben's mother has dropped him off for a visit with his grandmother, a woman with a penchant for baking. Ben feels lost and lonely until he discovers a chest full of mining gear. He embarks on an adventure that will make him grateful for the hundreds of pies stacked in his grandmotherís kitchen.

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Editorial Reviews

"A visually sophisticated and appealing book that warrants and rewards multiple viewings."

"Highly Recommended."

— CM Magazine

"The illustrations are vivid and bold."

— Resource Links

"A wonderful adventure awaits in this wordless picture book."

"Stralen's vivid illustrations capture the feeling of a clandestine midnight dig where adventure awaits the reader."

— BC Parent

"The pictures in this book, some of which look down on Ben from above, are nifty."

— Vancouver Sun

"The appeal comes both from Van Stralen's vivid colour illustrations and the way kids can fill in their own dialogue and story based on the pictures - some of which take physical comedy to new and fishy heights."

"Ben's Big Dig is a winner."

— Monday Magazine

"An innovative picture book that takes the traditional creator/reader relationship and gives it a fascinating shake-up."

— Quill & Quire
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About the Authors

Daniel Wakeman

Daniel Wakeman likes to paint, play his guitar and sing in his cowpunk band. He lives in Ottawa, Ontario, and some day he hopes to learn to surf.
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Dirk Van Stralen

Dirk van Stralen has loved to draw since he was four years old. He is a cartoonist and a graphic artist, and he likes to act and write silly songs. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with his family.
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