Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 6 to 8
- Grade: p to k
- Reading age: 3 to 5
If you dug a hole to the other side of the earth, where do you think you would end up? In this wordless picture book, 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.
About the authors
Daniel Wakeman likes to paint, play his guitar and sing in his cowpunk band. He lives in Ottawa, Ontario, and some day he hopes to learn to surf.
"Dirk van Stralen has loved to draw since he was four years old. He is a cartoonist and a graphic artist, and he likes to act and write silly songs. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with his partner and his two teenage boys."
Ben’s Big DigDuring a reluctant visit with his grandmother, Ben digs a tunnel to escape, opening the door to unexpected adventures. A wordless story in comic strip format, that kids can tell to adults.
Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Canadian Children’s Book News. 2006.