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Los Diggities: Silly Diggities, Silly Names is a fiction audiobook for children written by Jeanie Cunningham and Elisabeth Thormodsrud, and narrated by Jeanie Cunningham. Xena, Oscar and Oso are Jeannie's rescue dogs, and they have a marvelous life lounging outdoors by the pool. They love Jeannie, but sometimes she gets a bit over-the-top with her nicknames and goofy songs about them. Oso got dubbed hairy Bellyfonty after a Calypso singer named Harry Belafonte, and Xena got Bo-Beans and Meemer from the old Name Game song. Oscar, however, thinks he’s got the worst nickname of all: Wigglebutt. It’s not his fault, after all, that his back end gets involved when he wags his stubby little tail for joy. But what’s a dog to do? Jeannie loves them and gives them good things to eat, even if she does break out into goofy songs and call them silly names. It’s just Jeanie being Jeanie.
Jeanie Cunningham's and Elisabeth Thormodsrud’s animal audiobook for children, Los Diggities: Silly Diggities, Silly Names, is an entertaining and heartwarming tale narrated by Jeanie and her three rescue dogs. Xena, Oscar and Oso discuss what being rescued means and how everything changed when Jeanie came into their lives. Underneath the bantering and teasing they subject each other to is an implicit understanding that the three of them, and Jeanie, are family. Even if she embarrasses them, as parents often do to their kids, it’s out of love. This audiobook is bright, lively and sure to evoke giggles and sing-alongs from young audiences. They will also learn that, while nicknames can hurt if used in a mean-spirited way, those given by those who love us are often simply expressions of affection. Cunningham’s talents as a singer, songwriter and narrator are also admirably showcased in Los Diggities: Silly Diggities, Silly Names. It’s highly recommended.