Lisa Pliscou Dude: Fun with Dude and Betty

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Dude: Fun with Dude and Betty

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9780061756900: Dude: Fun with Dude and Betty

Whoa! Dude! Learning to read surf-speak has never been so easy, or so much fun! It's, like, totally radical! (If you need a little extra help, check out the non-bogus glossary at the back of the book.) For beach boys and surfer girls of all ages.

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About the Author:

Lisa Pliscou grew up in California and on the beaches of Mexico where, during a good storm, the ocean would come flowing into the backyard. Which the kids thought was cool, although the grownups probably didn't. Lisa is an editor as well as a writer, and is the author of five other books, including the novel Higher Education. She lives in the metropolitan New York area with her family. She totally loves Manhattan, but the beach is still one of her most very favorite places on earth.

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Catch a wave with Dude and Betty in Lisa Pliscou's vivid children's book. It's a most excellent adventure.
Once upon a time, there was a little surfer looking for some tasty waves. Not kiddie swells in the wading pool. No way. What he wanted was some good, righteous stuff to make him shout "Stokaboka!" all day long. Lisa Pliscou's children's book, "Dude: Fun With Dude and Betty," is the story of this young man's quest to ditch homework and spend a hot summer's day on the finer things in life, like cranking waves and eating nachos.
Boy, the children's picture-book shelf sure has been infiltrated lately by adult-aimed projects! Recent books such as "Go the F— to Sleep" and "Dick and Jane and Vampires" resemble picture books — bright, vivid illustrations anchored by simple text — even though you'd never want your kids reading them. They're intended to draw a laugh from sleep-deprived parents or the "Twilight" fans in your circle of friends. But "Dude" is different — it's just right for all ages.
With bright, sharp illustrations by Tom Dunne, Pliscou charts a day in the life of Dude, his pal Betty — she is a "surf bunny" — and Dude's dog Bud (of course that's his name) on a most excellent day of chasing waves and playing with a Frisbee under the sun.
Parents don't need to worry: You won't find any sexual innuendo or heavy irony sneaking out on the last page. The biggest dilemmas here are familiar ones that any kid will appreciate. Dude gets biffed by a big wave; when he gets home, his parents ask why he didn't do his homework. And then there's faithful, loving Bud, who chows down Dude's burrito, leading to this particularly dark moment of drama: "Bud is harshing on Dude's mellow."
It's a little strange to have Pliscou, a denizen of Manhattan and author of the novel "Higher Education," reveling in an activity associated with sandy locales. But rest assured, her bio attests to her being raised in California and on the beaches of Mexico — and there's more to this book than meets the eye. Pliscou's book not only serves as a motivator to get your little couch potatoes to go outside and play, but it also subtly encourages children to appreciate the importance of the oceans and beaches. On the book's opening pages, Pliscou invites readers to check out the website of the grassroots Surfrider Foundation.
The tale also comes with a glossary of surfer talk that enables you to communicate like a native: It'll come in handy if you ever run into "Fast Times at Ridgemont High's" Jeff Spicoli. Give "Dude" as a present to the expectant surfer parents you know, or, for that matter, to anyone with small kids who like adventure. "Dude" is a light, colorful lark of a tale ... just like a day at the beach.
—the Los Angeles Times



"What a fun read! I totally dig Dude. :)" --Julie Cox, Director of Operations, California Surf Museum, and pro surfer

"Dreaming about the art of catching waves? Dude is Surfer Speak 101." --Duke Boyd, surf icon, Hang Ten cofounder, and author of LEGENDS OF SURFING: THE GREATEST SURFRIDERS FROM DUKE KAHANAMOKU TO KELLY SLATER

"Lisa Pliscou's updated love letter to a bygone era keeps it simple, real, and delightfully 'rad,' just like Dude!" --Jerome Lynn Hall, Professor of Surf Culture and History, University of San Diego



The formulaic blandness of the old "Dick and Jane" early readers seems to make them an irresistible target for ironic hipsters. With "Dude: Fun With Dude and Betty," Lisa Pliscou has turned the familiar style into something hilarious by applying it to surf culture. We meet Dude, a blond kid of about 12, on his way to the beach: "Dude is a way cool guy." Dude waves at us, and already we're smiling. With his pal Betty ("a righteous surf bunny") and his dog Bud ("a most excellent dog"), Dude hits the gnarly waves. Later, when the friends stop at a taco stand, hungry Bud takes advantage of Dude's momentary distraction and gobbles his lunch: "Uh oh. Bud has chowed Dude's burrito. Most heinous, Bud! Bud is harshing on Dude's mellow." But, phew, things improve: "Betty shares her nachos. What a non-bogus babe Betty is." Tom Dunne's sunny, retro illustrations perfectly match the good-natured tone of the text. Young readers may need help puzzling out words like "bodacious" and "cruisemobile," but their chuckling parents won't mind. --Wall Street Journal

A hilarious take on the old children's readers "Fun with Dick and Jane," with language like it was written by those righteous dudes, Bill and Ted. The simple story is of a surfer kid named Dude who just wants to have fun. When his parents (who look like the Beaver's parents) tell him to clean his room and do his homework, he has to bolt. "Oh no! What a gnarly scene. It is time to bail. Bail, Dude, bail!" The illustrations are colorful, clean and just make you want to grab your board and head to the beach with Dude and Betty. It also has a helpful glossary in the back of the book for terms your land-locked child may not be familiar with, such as bodacious, bummer and surf bunny. --The Associated Press

"The best and funniest book for mini-groms I've seen in years. Old-school Dick and Jane fans will love it too!"
--Matt Warshaw, author of THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SURFING

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