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Pages: 32
Themes: Our planet, mining, visiting grandparents
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/09/2005
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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 grandmother’s kitchen.

Quill & Quire - November 1, 2005
"An innovative picture book that takes the traditional creator/reader relationship and gives it a fascinating shake-up."
Monday Magazine - October 27, 2005
"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."
Vancouver Sun - September 29, 2005
"The pictures in this book, some of which look down on Ben from above, are nifty."
CM Magazine - September 16, 2005
"A visually sophisticated and appealing book that warrants and rewards multiple viewings." "Highly Recommended."
BC Parent - September 1, 2005
"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."
Resource Links - September 1, 2005
"The illustrations are vivid and bold."

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