Synopses & Reviews
Bestselling award-winners Don and Audrey Wood present a day in the life of an adorable pug who loves to take naps--and helps children learn how to tell time!
Loving, playful, and outgoing, Duffy makes it clear why pug dogs are one of America's most popular and beloved pets. In addition, as we follow Duffy through his gentle adventures, a clock is cleverly tucked into each illustration, showing children the time of day-and helping them learn how to tell time!
Like most pugs, Duffy loves to sleep, and from the time he wakes for breakfast to the time he prepares for bed, Duffy's day is punctuated by delicious naps: the Before Breakfast Nap; the After Breakfast Nap; the Late Morning Nap; and so on. When his best friend, a playful girl, comes home from school, Duffy helps her with her homework, follwed by his Early Evening Nap.
With their typical wry humor, the Woods end their story with Duffy and his friend wearing matching pajamas in bed, reading a book. Is Duffy sleepy now? Of course not.
"The creators of The Napping House offer an affectionate portrait of Duffy, a good-natured, chronically sleepy pug inspired by one of their own pets. Given the emphasis on Duffy's fondness for napping, the story is rather short on action. Between naps there are seven throughout the day Duffy makes a couple of outings with his owners: during a trip to the bank Duffy inexplicably wears a pirate costume (to be fair, he looks none too happy about it), and the family later takes a postprandial walk in the park. Don Wood includes images of various clocks into his paintings, indicating the hours at which Duffy naps and adding an opportunity for readers to practice telling time. The Woods' light story closes with a dab of irony, as Duffy snuggles with his best girl for a bedtime story (they wear matching striped pajamas) and 'doesn't feel sleepy at all.' Pug lovers young and old will likely be the most enthusiastic audience for this tale, and they'll see plenty of their own pets in Duffy, whether he's at play or at rest. Ages 3 7." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Audrey Wood has been writing award-winning children's books for more than thirty years, and she is a fourth-generation artist. She often collaborates with her husband, Caldecott Honor illustrator Don Wood (THE NAPPING HOUSE; KING BIDGOOD'S IN THE BATHTUB; IT'S DUFFY TIME!), and she created many bestselling books with their son, Bruce Wood (ALPHABET MYSTERY; TEN LITTLE FISH). Audrey has illustrated numerous popular books herself, including SILLY SALLY, A DOG NEEDS A BONE, and BLUE SKY (2012). She lives with her husband in Hawaii, under the blue sky, rain sky, and changing-all-day sky.
Don Wood is the internationally beloved illustrator of numerous classics such as IT'S DUFFY TIME!; THE NAPPING HOUSE; KING BIDGOOD'S IN THE BATHTUB; and JUBAL'S WISH. He recently wrote and illustrated his brilliant graphic novel, INTO THE VOLCANO (now in paperback, 2012). He and his wife, Audrey, live in an off-grid, untamed area of Hawaii with their three dogs, two goats, and a flock of chickens.