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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Los Diggities By Name is an audio/visual dog book for children written by Jeanie Cunningham and Elisabeth Thormodsrud and narrated by Jeanie Cunningham. Each page of the story has a speaker icon, which, when pressed, gives Jeannie's narration of that particular page. Los Diggities is a pack of three dogs, Xena, Oscar and Oso. Xena and Oscar live together with Jeannie, and Oso lives across the street from them with his human family. The three friends have a lot of fun relaxing and hanging out together on Jeannie's porch or in her yard. One day, they started sharing their stories on how they ended up where they were right then. Oso was born in Mexico. He, his mom and siblings lived off what they could find in the garbage and lived outside behind some houses. His people found him there and saved him from the men who took his brother and sister away. Xena was a show-quality dog, whose loving owner had to move one day and sadly took her to a shelter. Oscar was dumped in a park after a lifetime of neglect. They each had sad memories, but they also had each other right now.
Jeanie Cunningham and Elisabeth Thormodsrud's animal picture and audio book for children, Los Diggities By Name, is an eloquent argument for rescuing and adopting animal companions. Each of these dogs, whose stories are real, got a second chance at life because they were rescued. I love the format of this book. Having the option to play each page's recording separately works so well, and the simplicity of design is very kid and non-tech adult-friendly. Oso, Oscar and Xena's stories are detailed and moving, and Jeanie's use of different voices for each of her characters makes them and the story come alive. The format of Los Diggities is grand for storytelling hour, but it's even better, I think, for new readers as they can see and hear the words sounded out as they go along. Los Diggities is lively, well-produced and lots of fun, and it's highly recommended.