Dude! by Aaron Reynolds; illustrated by Dan Santat. 2018. Published by Roaring Book Press.
Brief Summary: A beaver and platypus are surfing the waves when a shark approaches wanting to join them. Friend or foe? Will the mammals get to know the marine animal and become great surfing buddies?
Comments: The expressions on their faces are priceless and will bring many laughs to young readers. The only word is “dude” which is used many times with several different meanings conveyed by changing the fonts, all caps and small caps letters, and various punctuation after the word.
Teachers, librarians, and those reading to children— You will need to practice ahead of time to make sure you get the right voice tones, accents, and meanings across by saying “dude” in many ways you never considered saying before reading this book. A silly and fun read aloud.
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