Until I Met Dudley: How Everyday Things Really Work
  • Until I Met Dudley: How Everyday Things Really Work
  • Until I Met Dudley: How Everyday Things Really Work

Until I Met Dudley: How Everyday Things Really Work

by Chris Riddell, Roger McGough
     
 


Have you ever wondered how a toaster works? Or how a fridge keeps cool? Dudley the techno-wizard dog takes children from the furthest realms of fantasy into the fascinating world of technology, to discover the workings of familiar machines.See more details below

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Have you ever wondered how a toaster works? Or how a fridge keeps cool? Dudley the techno-wizard dog takes children from the furthest realms of fantasy into the fascinating world of technology, to discover the workings of familiar machines.

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"Riddell's cartoons are lively, particularly those of the animal characters, and the factual pages are chock-full without being cluttered." — School Library Journal

"Riddell's cartoons are lively, particularly those of the animal characters, and the factual pages are chock-full without being cluttered."
School Library Journal

School Library Journal
K-Gr 4--The book opens with a young girl's statement, "I thought I knew how a toaster worked...," and a humorous double-page elaboration of her idea. The illustrations show a friendly dragon toasting the bread with his fiery breath, aided by "toast elves" and assorted cogs, treadmills, and conveyor belts. Her explanation ends with the phrase, "Until I met Dudley...." The pencil-wielding, bespectacled dog gives a proper rundown of toaster technology on the following two pages. Numbered boxes of text outline the basic steps peppered with "POWs!" and "BOINGs!" to keep the tone light. The words surround a diagram of the toaster and its most important parts. This pattern continues as the girl describes the workings of four other household machines. Each of the silly scenarios is followed by Dudley's informative presentations. The dog avoids detailed discussion of more complicated elements such as electricity or hydraulic rams, but focuses instead on what the most basic moving pieces in each machine do. Young readers will laugh at the girl's ridiculous thoughts, but most will also learn something. Riddell's cartoons are lively, particularly those of the animal characters, and the factual pages are chock-full without being cluttered. Though the information here is less detailed than in such books as Alan Snow's How Dogs Really Work (1993) and The Truth About Cats (1996, both Little, Brown), John Kelly's The Robot Zoo (Turner, 1994; o.p.), and Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen's "Magic School Bus" series (Scholastic), the mixture of cartoon humor and real facts has a similar appeal.--Steven Engelfried, West Linn Public Library, OR

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ISBN-13:
9781847803504
Publisher:
Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Publication date:
09/25/2012
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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