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DUDE DIARY







Ladies and Gentlemen, I bring you the Dude Diary.

Written and designed by Mickey and Cheryl Gill, this not-diary comes with a padlock and severe warnings, such as

OPEN IN A WELL-VENTILATED AREA

 And

IF YOU’RE NOT THE OWNER OF THIS BOOK IT WILL SELF-DESTRUCT IN 30 SECONDS

 It’s intended for a certain breed of kid, the notajournalkeepus-dudecusrex (dude who does not write in a journal). Let me tell you, the Dude Diary is a HUGE HIT with second grade boys. At least, as far as I can tell from being at S’s school for the Scholastic Book Fair on Tuesday.

 The first page states that the Dude Diary is officially not a journal or diary but rather a place to write some stuff down, draw stuff, tear pages out, whatever you like. A kind of Captain’s log of your life, in all dimensions, including school, under your bed, around your neighborhood. The book has wildly illustrated colorful pages with activities, questions and outrageous what-if scenarios that’ll fire the imagination while honing reading and writing skills. There are pages for gluing things in, fill in the blank questionnaires, simple experiments to try, spots to write down team scores and funny jokes. The message is clear - use the Dude Diary any way you see fit. Whatever, dude!

 One kid asked me, “Mrs. De Groot, is this a good book?” Apparently, his mother had given him money to spend at the book fair with strict instructions not to bring home any junk. And I’ll tell you, as I told him, the Dude Diary is awesome. It has reading and writing and it’s fun and cool. I hope his mother agrees.



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(Anonymous)
Apr. 16th, 2011 05:16 am (UTC)
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kellyrfineman
Apr. 19th, 2011 03:38 pm (UTC)
Wow, I sure hope that kid's mother agrees. I know I do, but some parents . . .
angeladegroot
Apr. 26th, 2011 06:09 pm (UTC)
Turns out she was thrilled because it kept him busy for hours during Spring break.
boreal_owl
Apr. 20th, 2011 04:03 pm (UTC)
Looks like fun.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ANGELA! (April 20)
angeladegroot
Apr. 26th, 2011 06:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much. It's been fabulous - the celebration continues! I'm a big believer in a birthday week.
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