Friday, April 8, 2016

Digby O'Day and the Great Diamond Robbery by Shirley Hughes and Clara Vulliamy

I don't usually review sequels, but after the first Digby O'Day was more popular than I anticipated, I thought I'd take a look at the next in the series.

Digby and Percy are taking off for a vacation at a fancy hotel. Unfortunately, they get off to a bad start with a big car nearly running them off the road, rude hotel staff, and a flurry over a famous actress. However, after they save a man from drowning the vacation looks up and they get into some exciting adventures. They have fun but Digby thinks he'll try somewhere less exciting for their next vacation!

The illustrations are as adorable and full of fun as in the first book. Black and white, set off by touches of red and pink, catch the eye and keep the heavily illustrated story moving right along. The interviews at the beginning with Digby and Percy and at the end with the authors were adorable.

Verdict: If you purchased the first title, you'll definitely want to buy this. The audience for this has turned out to be primarily read-alouds to younger children - they like the copious illustrations and mild action and mystery. This one features a diamond robbery, so extra exciting!

ISBN: 9780763674458; Published 2015 by Candlewick; Purchased for the library

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