The Flying Diggers are here!
November 4, 2013

We are very excited to announce that our publication of ‘The Flying Diggers’ by Ian Whybrow and David Melling, has just bulldozed its way into our free library of Touch to See books.

Here's a tactile picture containing the red digger and a crocodile

In this traction-filled tale about imaginative play, we find Teddy and his friend Ruby presented with a couple of toy wooden diggers, made by Teddy’s ‘Grambam’ in his workshop. The children are thrilled with these wonderful new toys and embark upon a magical journey. The book’s author Ian Whybrow says, “Children love machines and I wrote ‘The Flying Diggers’ out of affection for that remarkably sturdy and instantly-recognisable British machine, the dazzling JCB, whose initials stand for its inventor, Joseph Cyril Bamford.”

This tactile picture contains a blue digger and a baby tiger

Our Touch to See version includes three tactile pictures: Grambam’s workshop, the orange backhoe loader plus a crocodile and the blue telescopic handler with a tiger cub. The audio soundtrack, read by Jon Lovell, guides small hands around the these fun tactile pictures, which have been beautifully hand painted by our volunteers using paints kindly donated by Humbrol.

This lively Touch to See book will appeal to machine-obsessed boys and probably their dads and grandads too!

It has been wonderful bringing our tactile adaptation of this unique publication to life with the support of the author Ian Whybrow and illustrator David Melling. For behind the scenes information and special insights check out their guest posts for our blog.

To read Ian Whybrow’s guest blog click here.
To read David Melling’s guest blog click here.

Our special thanks go to The Unicorn Club of Basingstoke who funded the adaptation; Hachette Children’s Books; David Melling; Ian Whybrow; Jon Lovell and Humbrol.

Click here and fill in the online order form to borrow a copy of ‘The Flying Diggers’ or telephone 01635 299771.

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