Chick 'n' Pug Meet the Dude

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He's taller than the Chrysler Building. He drools more than a baby sucking on a piece of Jello. Dog people will revere him. Chick and Pug know him only as . . . The Dude.

 

When the larger-than-life Dude ambles into Pug's territory and steals Squeaky Hamburger, Pug's most favorite chew toy, Chick is ready to take down the slobbering scoundrel. But that would require making Pug get up. . . . Will Chick save the day? Will Pug nap through all the best parts? One thing's for ...

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Overview

He's taller than the Chrysler Building. He drools more than a baby sucking on a piece of Jello. Dog people will revere him. Chick and Pug know him only as . . . The Dude.

 

When the larger-than-life Dude ambles into Pug's territory and steals Squeaky Hamburger, Pug's most favorite chew toy, Chick is ready to take down the slobbering scoundrel. But that would require making Pug get up. . . . Will Chick save the day? Will Pug nap through all the best parts? One thing's for sure: The Dude has arrived. Stay tuned!

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Kirkus Reviews
Odd-couple friends Chick and Pug return in a nonsensical tale so slender that it barely registers. Pug is totally laid-back, spending his days resting in the grass and allowing Chick free rein to indulge his vivid imagination. Chick dubs Pug a superhero, a wonder dog, but all their exciting adventures are enacted by Chick alone. A favorite toy goes missing, and Chick puts all his energy into investigation and recovery. Dude the sheepdog is the culprit, and the mad chase ensues. The text only imparts the bare bones of the tale; many additional details are visual. Chick in detective mode employs a magnifying glass and a gumshoe costume, images quite possibly beyond the experience of the intended audience. There's lots of silliness involving laundry and a sprinkler, but it is the distraction of a "nummy bone" that brings about the anticlimactic and gushing denouement. Large-scale acrylic-and–colored-pencil illustrations depict a very green and vast yard. Pug and the Dude have charm and appeal, and their physical characteristics and personalities nicely represent their breeds. Chick, however, is of an indeterminate species, neither songbird nor farmyard fowl. His antics seem demented rather than cute, and his huge eyes, triangular beak and skinny neck appear a bit creepy. There is some fun here, but lack of cohesion and substance outweighs any humor. Skip this one in favor of Sattler's Uh-Oh, Dodo! (2013) and Pig Kahuna (2011). (Picture book. 3-6)
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"Preschool fans of dogs, chickens, superheroes, and humor will all find something to like here, as will librarians looking for something to freshen up storytimes. Delightful." —School Library Journal on Chick 'n' Pug

"This story about friendship will resonate with children who find their heroes in unlikely places." —Publishers Weekly on Chick 'n' Pug

"An utterly engaging picture book experience—eye-catching, thought-provoking and just plain fun." —Kirkus Reviews on Pig Kahuna

School Library Journal
PreS-K—The characters introduced in Chick 'n' Pug (Bloomsbury, 2010) love having exciting adventures and being superheroes, but sometimes they just like to relax, play with Pug's toys, and nap. One day, they awake to find their favorite toy missing. Chick immediately sets out to find Squeaky Hamburger, and Pug stays behind to keep an eye out for the thief and snooze some more. The culprit turns out to be The Dude, a new dog in the neighborhood, huge, hairy, and slobbery. By this time, Squeaky Hamburger has turned into Squishy, Slimy Hamburger, and Pug and Chick eagerly relinquish it to their large but friendly new acquaintance. The back cover shows Chick swimming in The Dude's water bowl and Pug happily doing his favorite thing-napping-and in the foreground are enormous paw prints circling both intrepid friends. Done with acrylics and colored pencil, the illustrations are humorous and wonderfully drawn; although huge, there is never any doubt that The Dude is friendly and playful. Chick's tiny size and greatly exaggerated facial expressions add to the fun. A storytime winner and a great choice for dog lovers.—Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599906003
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 6/25/2013
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 414,804
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.68 (w) x 10.16 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Sattler is also the creator of the picture books Chick 'n' Pug, A Chick 'n' Pug Christmas, Pig Kahuna, and Pig Kahuna Pirates. She is married and has two children and two dogs, both of which are part basset hound and thus aspire to be much bigger dogs than they really are. She lives in Saratoga Springs, NY. www.jennifersattler.com

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