Dude! by Aaron Reynolds


Aaron Reynolds, the author of Nerdy Birdy 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

Reviews Dude!

  • Spencer Orey
    Surfer animals make friends with a shark and eat lots of ice cream. Dude!
  • Calista
    Basically a wordless book. This story is told only with the word Dude. The pictures are by Dan Santat and I love his artwork. These surfers have a simple story to tell. It is an effective story. My nephew isn't reading yet and he felt like he could 'read' this book. It might have been one word, but still, he gave great voice intonations and he also talked about the story. He had a blast reading it. Dude is thrown around alot at our house now. He ...
  • Kelli
    I really loved Carnivores, but this one left much to be desired. As usual, the illustrations were bright and fun but, really?! Dude was the only word. These two can do so much better but apparently they don’t have to because...published.
  • Gayatri
    Duuuude!!! 😎 that’s all this picture book needed. The illustrations are spot on and don’t require much text. Loved it!
  • Mrs. Krajewski
    Duuuude! Hilarious book, and a great one to use when teaching tone.
  • 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.
  • Stacy Fetters
    Dude!!! Dude!!! Duuuuudddeee!!!A totally hilarious and bodacious read.
  • Jillian Heise
    So much fun! I love reading "one word" stories, and this one is sure to entertain.
  • Dan
    Duuuuude! This book got my 6 year old laughing so hard and when we were done he made me read it again, and then he wanted to read it aloud to himself after that. Brilliant illustrations. Dude is a pretty versatile word, dude. 5 stars and Happy Shark Week Dudes!
  • June
    Maybe the lack of appeal for me is that I don't think I could pull reading this out loud off. Two animal surfers run afoul a shark and resulting adventures occur with just the use of one work and (I admit I was sick of it by the end of the story.)
  • 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.
  • Becca
    Giving this book 5 stars because 500 is not an option.
  • Donna
    Duuuuuuuuude! This word is firmly entrenched in my vernacular thanks to Keanu Reeves, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Supernatural. An American publication featuring a surfing platypus!?! Duuuuuude.Take one word and rely on comical facial expressions, perspective and different fonts to convey tone and meaning. Difficult concept executed magnificently. There's suspense, drama and hilarity. Visual literacy at its best. Zany, goofy mayhem. Totally ...
  • Deana Metzke
    This simple picture book by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Dan Santat is a perfect read for young children. I explain why here on my blog: https://wp.me/p7OIsL-Vd
  • 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...
  • Prince William Public Library System
    Dude! rocks, dudes! In this entertaining picture book, two dudes, a platypus and a beaver, go surfing. They meet another dude, a shark. They offer him ice cream. Will they all be dudes together? The answer will provide you with plenty of enjoyment.Dude! tells a story using only the word “dude.” Dude. “Word by Aaron Reynolds,” proclaims the cover. It’s a clever concept brought to life by the wonderful illustrations of Dan Santat. Dude! i...
  • Jana
    In this clever picture book, the text uses one word - dude - throughout the entire story. But that one word takes on so many different meanings and shades of meaning. There is a sweet story about friends having a terrific time at the beach together and another misunderstood shark that will have young readers smiling. This could be a great way to talk about vocabulary, and how one word can have so mean so many different things. This could also be ...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Brenda Lower
    Not completely wordless, but still lots of fun. The limited vocabulary lets kids think of their own words to go with the story. Looks like lots of fun!
  • Carol Ekster
    This was hysterical and clever and awesome, especially when Dan Santat reads it aloud!
  • Kim
    Stellar read aloud!
  • Clementine
    very clever with enormous kid appeal
  • 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!
  • Lisa
    Cute. Original.