This book is Sam Wallace’s debut, written after pondering Lynley Dodd’s success and thinking, ‘How hard can it be?’ He uses his experience and passion for dune buggy racing to write a rhyming story.
Duggie the Buggy is about a past-by-use-date sand buggy. The newer buggies run on battery power and Duggy is shamed for being environmentally-unfriendly, running on petrol and oil. He is left in the dust to rot and rust when along comes Ronnie the Rocket to the rescue. Ronnie encourages Duggie to dream big and work with what they have.
The rhyming text has a good rhythm and with a maximum of four lines per page even younger preschoolers will enjoy this story. Yeo’s illustrations are varied and contain plenty of action.
Keen environmentalists may use this story to promote electric vehicles over petrol-driven ones and maybe even ‘don’t chew up our sand dunes, go to the moon instead’; but the main take from this delightful story is to dream big and not give up. Even though Ronnie is only a discarded soft drink bottle made into a rocket possibly for a school project, he doesn’t let those limitations hold him back.
Title: Duggie the Buggy
Author: Sam Wallace
Illustrator: Shaun Yeo
Publication: February 2021
Reviewer: Nova Gibson, Library Manager, Massey Primary School, Auckland
How are you recommending this book? Recommended
Opening sentence: Duggie the Buggy was feeling glum, thinking his dune-racing days were done.
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