Cuddly Dudley

Cuddly Dudley

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by Jez Alborough

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Although Alborough's illustrations are animated and action-filled, his story of Cuddly Dudley--unlike his clever Where's My Teddy? --seems both hackneyed and predictable. Since this ``adorable'' penguin's family can't ``resist having a huddle and a waddle and a cuddle with him,'' poor Dudley leaves home to find a spot where he can play without being disturbed. When his siblings follow his ``waddleprints'' to the cabin, Cuddly Dudley turns away each relative with cartoon-style irascibility; enter a man in a furry parka who chases the put-upon penguin ``all around the house and out into the snow,'' shouting ``Give me a cuddle!'' When Dudley finally escapes and wends his way home, he and his brothers and sisters have ``the best huddling, waddling, cuddling session that they'd ever had. Until . . . ''--at the turn of the last page, the Eskimo man arrives and races after them all. With its one-dimensional characters and mass-market style, this penguin tale proves too cutesy for words--and, no doubt, for many tastes. Children's BOMC selection. Ages 3-up. (Apr.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-- Dudley the penguin is so cuddly that he finds himself constantly surrounded by brothers and sisters who want to hug him. When he finds what he thinks is an abandoned cabin, he enjoys the solitude until the owner returns and also wants to cuddle. The illustrations are in soft-lined, pastel colors, which warm up the Antarctic setting. The writing is somewhat soft, too, full of words like ``huddle,'' ``waddle,'' ``toddled,'' etc. It's not an exciting story, but the images of lots of snuggly penguins might appeal to children. One note: the cabin owner looks like what people once referred to as an ``Eskimo.'' While his home is modern, with books, plumbing, and typewriter, his clothes are hand-sewn and rather outdated in this age of Thinsulate and lightweight alpine ski clothing. In an otherwise moderately amusing story, that strikes a discordant note. --Christine A. Moesch, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, NY

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Cuddly Dudley 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found the book to be very funny. Being from a big family, I know how hard it is to find some time to yourself. Dudley's brothers and sisters love him so much that they can't stop hugging him. The penguins expressions were amusing, especially Dudley's. He thinks he has finally found some peace and quiet in a cabin, until the man who owns it comes home, and he wants to give Dudley a hug as well. It is a simple easy read for young children. (Also, having lived in other cultures where the people wear both the clothing of their ancestors as well as more modern clothing, I did not see anything wrong with the man wearing a parka.)
Guest More than 1 year ago
See this book was a bout a little wobbly penguin who wants to revolutionize his life by leaving his family. He finally leaves and is king of the world. One final note if you drink the boose you loose. Behold the power of the penguin.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book Cuddly Dudely was a great book and was gave me a new outlook tward life. The story starts in a small flock of pengwins and a young and headstrong penguin decides to leave. The penguin, who's name id Dudely, tries to escape from his cuddlesome family to no evail. Then stumbles apon a house ant the book reaches it's climatic ending with a twist. You'll love this book! I thought it was a fast paced, upbeat thriller that never let you get bored. I recomend Cuddly Dudely to al age groups! It was superb!