Dudley’s Day At Home

Written by Karen Kaufman Orloff
Illustrated by Renee Andriani

“What does Dudley do all day while we’re away?” Sam wonders. Mom explains that Dudley does ordinary dog things: he eats, naps, guards the house, and plays. But in Sam’s mind, Dudley’s day at home is anything but ordinary. Delightful digital paintings depict the human activities Sam imagines Dudley is doing – which don’t quite match Mom’s explanations. Dudley’s Day at Home is a funny, fetching picture book that uses minimal text and maximal visual storytelling to share a day in a dog’s life.



From The Corner on Character, Barbara Gruener
Themes: imagination, creativity, personification
When Sam asks and Mom answers, a fun picture of what Sam imagines their darling dog does when they’re away from home unfolds. And from his innocent question and mom’s generic answer come these brilliantly-joyful illustrations that completely capture Sam’s incredible imagination that has Dudley doing all sorts of entertaining and crazy-fun people stuff while they are away. From blowing bubbles and playing checkers and video games with the cat to jumping on the bed or using the treadmill without permission, Sam conjures up all sorts of silly shenanigans.
Use this creative newcomer to teach personification, then let it serve as a springboard for a fanciful discussion about what your children think that our pets, the hamsters, the fish, the cats, maybe even the larger animals like the horses,  the llamas or the cattle, do all day. Invite them to act it out in a charades-like game. 
Encourage them come up with some kind of a social contract (aka house and/or barnyard rules) to keep the animal antics in check. Using their wild imaginations, like Sam does, what might the animals agree to? What might they balk at? How can they keep them all safe?  
I’m also drawn to the serendipitous timing of this book, the perfect story especially since now that we are under stay-at-home orders, kids like Sam don’t really have to wonder what their Dudleys do all day at all. Do I see a compare and contrast pictograph in there somewhere? 

From Edwards Book Club, Christa McGrath
Dudley’s Day at Home is a children’s picture book that follows the story of a young boy and his mom who go out for the day while Dudley, the dog, stays home.  The curious boy asks his mom all kinds of questions relating to Dudley as he wonders what his dog is doing while he is home alone. His mom responds that Dudley has all kinds of things to keep him busy–like eating, playing, and napping. Then the young boy asks if Dudley wonders what they are doing and a series of funny illustrations follow that show what a dog may envision his owners doing (like howling at the moon or digging up bones!). Kids will love this part of the story.
This book is a wonderful and visually appealing story for young children between 3 and 7 years of age. It is small on words and big on pictures. It is colourful, creative, and full of adventure; with a really sweet ending that highlights the relationship between a child and a dog.



About the Creators

Karen Kaufman Orloff is the author of award-winning books for children, including the “I Wanna” series (I Wanna Iguana, I Wanna New Room, I Wanna Go Home). Karen lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her husband and family. Dudley’s Day At Home is her 12th picture book.
A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Renee Andriani creates a range of illustration work for greeting cards and children’s books. She loves doing school visits and presentations, working with all grade levels, to share what illustrators do and how books are created. She lives in the Kansas City area.

ISBN: HC 9781947277267/ ePDF 9781947277274 / EPUB 9781947277281 / KF8 9781947277298
Print Length: 32 Full Color Pages
Publication Date: May 2020 
Age Group: 4-8
Library of Congress Control Number: 2019955938