Mac Barnett, Illustrated by Jon Klassen
Sam and Dave Dig a Hole is an adorable story about two friends and a dog digging in the ground to find “something spectacular.” The reader can see the treasure depicted in the dirt right ahead of Sam and Dave. However, the two inexplicably decide to change course every time they nearly make a discovery, which is both hilarious and maddening for the reader. Finally, the pair does discover “something spectacular” and totally unexpected. This delightful tale won a Caldecott Honor Award.
– Marilu Morgan