I Love You Dude
Grade 2-5–A freshly painted white wall in NYC sprouts a doodle–a blue elephant with shoes and the inscription I Love You Dude above it.
When the police are called to take care of the graffiti, Dude runs away and searches for a safe haven. He finds a blank yellow coffee mug, which is then purchased by a little girl who loves Dude and drinks her milk from the mug each day. The doodle is happy there until a weird aunt visits and drinks hot coffee from him. He leaves the mug in search of a place where he will be loved and appreciated. After several failed attempts, Dude gives up and lies on the sidewalk, where he is discovered by an art lover who gets him framed and hung in the museum between a Picasso and a Matisse.
This odd story of acceptance and finding one’s place is accompanied by Radunsky’s quirky artwork, expertly rendered in mixed media and collage. Teachers may use this as a lesson in art appreciation–in this book, art truly is in the eye of the beholder. Some students will find solace in the self-realization tale and hope in the message presented; however, the audience for this long short story is limited and the book will have to be hand-sold to appreciative readers.
From School Library Journal
Angela J. Reynolds, Annapolis Valley Regional Library, Bridgetown, NS, Canada
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About the author
Vladimir Radunsky has illustrated many wonderful books, including The Maestro Plays by Bill Martin Jr and Woody Guthrie’s Howdi Do. He is also the author-illustrator of 10(ten) and (with Chris Raschka) of Table Manners.