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Dude: Fun with Dude and Betty

May 31 2011 | Kids,

I came back from a recent trip to find a copy of "Dude. Fun with Dude and Betty" on my desk.

The best way I can think of how to describe this book is to tell you to think of the classic Fun with Dick and Jane books from the 1930s and mash them up with vintage Jeff Spicoli circa 1982.

Here is a snippet of the dialog...

Uh oh.

Bud (a dog) has chowed Dude's burrito.

Most heinous, Bud!

Bud is harshing on Dude's mellow.

I laughed.

I cried.

Ok... I didn't cry.

This is an uncomfortably funny book in the same way seeing yourself on video is sometimes uncomfortably funny. No, I don't know anyone that says "... harshing on dude's mellow" but I absolutely know thousands of people, including me, that use the word "dude" in everyday conversation.

The book is obviously a surf-culture parody primer for kids learning to read.

If a book encourages kids to read then its a success.

After talking with some of our crew I was stoked to learn that the author, Lisa Pliscou, connected with our very own Mark Rauscher for help this project. Together they created the following environmental awareness document included in many of the books the public will get.

I'm not sure how to end this post without a surfer-ism cliche... so...

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