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Sam & Dean Dig a Hole

Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen’s latest, Sam & Dave Dig a Hole (Candlewick, October 2014), has been getting quite a bit of buzz (including Caldecott buzz) and has appeared on several best-of-year lists (including Horn Book’s own Fanfare).


With all that talk, I can’t be the only person to accidentally call it “Sam & Dean Dig a Hole.” Right?

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The Winchesters at work

Especially given that “Sam & Dean Dig a Hole” is a major plot point in a significant number of Supernatural episodes.

Any illustrators out there want to draw me a mash-up? 😉

Katie Bircher About Katie Bircher

Katie Bircher, associate editor at The Horn Book, Inc., is a former bookseller and holds an MA in children's literature from Simmons College. She served as chair of the 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award committee. Follow Katie on Twitter @lyraelle.



  1. heh, now that you point it out…

  2. Katie Bircher Katie Bircher says:

    And now for something completely different… (Thanks, Siân!)

  3. Ha! I *have* called it this! I have also noted that, like Sam and Dean, Sam and Dave made a hole with perfectly straight sides in a very short amount of time.

  4. I should add that, as I described this book to my mom over the phone, and I mentioned that the dog found a bone, my mother asked, “And then they poured salt on the bone and burned it?”

  5. Katie Bircher Katie Bircher says:

    That. is. amazing. Go mom!

  6. Actually….. Im embarrassed to admit this, but we own this book and…… I read it to my toddlers as “Sam and Dean dig a hole”. And yes, I replace every mention of “Dave” with “Dean”. I only replace mentions of chocolate milk with whiskey in my head though so…. I’m still a good mom right??? 😉

  7. Wait… It’s Dave? I always thought it was Dean. Could argue that the dog is Castiel. He keeps trying to point the boys in the right direction.

  8. Katie Bircher Katie Bircher says:

    Ha, maybe if enough of us think of it as “Sam & Dean,” we’ll create another reality. 😉

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