Dude! by Aaron Reynolds


Aaron Reynolds, the author of Nerdy Berdy and Creepy Carrots! teams up with Dan Santat, the Caldecott–winning illustrator behind The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend to create the hilarious, gnarly summer adventure picture book, Dude!Dude! You have to read this book.It's totally about this platypus and this beaver who are friends. They want to go surfing but dude, there's this shark who's in the ocean, too.But don't worry. This shar...

Details Dude!

Release DateApr 24th, 2018
PublisherRoaring Brook Press
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Humor, Animals, Funny

Reviews Dude!

  • Stacy Fetters
    Dude!!! Dude!!! Duuuuudddeee!!!A totally hilarious and bodacious read.
  • Sarah
    Proof that the way a word is said (or read, in this case) alters its meaning. The single word of text (hint: if you've read the title, you've read the book) effectively demonstrates this concept through the font, punctuation usage, and, Dan Santat's signature illustrations. The eye-popping colorful pictures enrich the text and create an engaging environment for young readers.
  • Mrs. Krajewski
    Duuuude! Hilarious book, and a great one to use when teaching tone.
  • Becca
    Giving this book 5 stars because 500 is not an option.
  • Earl
    I can't wait until this fun picture book comes out so I can listen to how people will interpret it with the different voices and intonations.
  • Jillian Heise
    So much fun! I love reading "one word" stories, and this one is sure to entertain.
  • Barbara
    3.5 for me because I liked it much more upon a second reading. Relying on one word repeated throughout the story but in different typefaces and colors, this almost wordless picture book follows the surfing adventures of a beaver and a platypus. Phrases such as "FAR OUT!" and "GNARLY" and yes, that ubiquitous "DUDE!" come to mind, of course, while watching their antics as they head out to catch the perfect wave. The facial expressions in the illus...
  • Heidi
    This is one of my new favorite books. After reading it to several groups of kindergartners I can safely say that this is a winning book. Aaron Reynolds and Dan Santat make for a thoroughly marvelous team. While the book only uses one word throughout (Dude!), the way it is used makes for a delightfully hilarious romp. The story makes for an awesome read aloud and could also be used to demonstrate that how a word is used determines it's meaning.A p...
  • Ellon
    I went into this book with high expectations because I really like Dan Santat and Aarron Reynolds. I'm sad to say, I was disappointed. I did like how the book only uses one (repeated) word but tells a story. Although, if I were Reynolds, I'm not sure I would bother taking credit for the "words" in this book. I give all credit to Santat. All of the other Santat books I've read (Adventures of Beekle, Are We There Yet?, After the Fall) were better t...
  • Casey Girard
    Having heard the author and illustrator read it, it's hard to say it was anything other than awesome.
  • Jesse
    I love this author/illustrator duo. Who knew you could create such an elaborate story with only one word? Awesome and fun!
  • Carol Ekster
    This was hysterical and clever and awesome, especially when Dan Santat reads it aloud!
  • Kim
    Stellar read aloud!
  • Lisa
    Cute. Original.
  • Lorryn Woodward
    The art is super cute and I love the word Dude as much as the next person but that's literally the only word in the book.
  • Clementine
    very clever with enormous kid appeal
  • Joella www.cinjoella.com
    So this isn't wordless...but it is nearly wordless (three words and two of them are "dude" and "dudes" so really, lots of things happen that you have to get just from the illustrations). So good. REALLY. It is So. Good. And funny. And totally perfect for summer reading story time.
  • Stacey
    This is too cute holy heck. Gorgeous illustrations, super fun. Will 100% be buying this for my little nephew.
  • Steph
    I was lucky enough to hear Aaron Reynolds himself read this aloud at a conference I attended, and DUDE! It was awesome! The illustrations are perfection, too!
  • Christina Carter
    Dude! You simply can't go wrong with this dynamic duo. We're talking about Aaron Reynolds, the author responsible for Jasper Rabbit in Creepy Carrots and Creepy Pair of Underwear. Two books that are a HUGE hit at my K-5 school and are heavily circulated in my library. Then there's my man Dan. Illustrator extraordinaire whose work has graced the pages of many picture books, including his own award-winning title, The Adventures of Beekle: The Unima...
  • Margie
    Every culture has its own legends and lingo. A particular group of people within a separate culture understand every nuance of their spoken words and individualistic body language. To step into a culture without understanding the separate parts which make it a significant whole is like entering a foreign country.Members of the surfing community know an A-frame is not a type of home, a Barney is not a purple dinosaur or Fred Flintstone's best frie...
  • Leah
    Thank you to @kidlitexchange #partner for the review copies of these books. All opinions are my own. It amazes me how a story of acceptance and friendship can be so passionately told through the use of two words and spectacular illustrations...but it can! Aaron Reynolds uses the word "dude" is so many ways throughout this book by adding punctuation, word size, word placement, and so much more, to tell a story that kids of all ages need to learn. ...
  • Karen Abbott
    A couple of surfin' dudes head to the ocean for a day of fun--but what is that fin in the water? A shark! Is it safe? They offer him an ice cream cone and surf board and include him in the fun, until they all smack into the rocks. OW! The surf boards are broken. What to do now? Surf the waves on the back of your new shark friend! The ice cream stand is a little alarmed to see a shark so the friends eat their ice cream on the beach and bask in the...
  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    Dude! By Aaron Reynolds, art by Dan Santat. PICTURE BOOK. Roaring Brook (Macmillan), 2018. $18. 978-1626726031Pre- K, EL (K-3) – ESSENTIAL. A beaver and platypus are off to hit some waves on their surfboards. While it looks like a shark will be bringing the danger, maybe he is just a lonely, potential friend instead?Using only the word “DUDE” (I can’t imagine what that storyboard looked like), Sanatat brings Reynolds’ concept to life wi...
  • Tracy
    Thanks to the Kid Lit Exchange network for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.One-word picture books are so great for building confidence in new readers. You can just see their pride when they read a whole book by themselves. It's an added bonus when you get to throw in some surfer dude voices to mix it up a little. DUDE! is a short, sweet, and funny read-aloud with lots to inspect in the pictures. It's not always clear at firs...
  • Michele
    🦈 @kidlitexchange #partner 🦈Dude! One word tells an entire story in this upcoming picture book from author @aaronreynoldsbooks and illustrator @dsantat They truly are a dynamic duo. Besides all of the inflection that will come with reading this to the little people in your life, the illustrations here hold so much of the story! This will be wonderful for teaching emotions through pictures! 🦈🦈🦈🦈🦈 This is a 5 shark, er... I mea...
  • Amber Webb
    Aaron Reynolds and Dan Santat together in one book?! It must be good. Nope, it's AMAZING! The (almost) one word picture book was perfect. Reading this book allows children to create their own mind story as they go through it. It encourages kids to focus and pay attention to details while reading. One of the best parts is that it is a book that young children can actually "read" by themselves which instills pride and willingness to read more. This...
  • Alicia
    Who doesn't love the word "dude"? Using only that word (plus SPLAT, but you'll know why) for the entire book, it's about the adventure of platypus and beaver as they surf and befriend a shark, eat ice cream, and chill by the water. Vivid color and imaginative animals having fun and as mentioned when pubbing the book-- it'll make the most reluctant reader accomplished at having figured out the one word and memorized it!