It's a Dog's Life: It's Duffy Time by Audrey and Don Wood
THE MID-DAY NAP GOES SO WELL, DUFFY SLEEPS STRAIGHT THROUGH AND INTO HIS EARLY AFTERNOON NAP
A LONG NAP MAKES FOR THE BEST DREAMS.
Duffy's house might as well be named the napping house. Duffy, a little pug with personality plus, sleeps late in the morning, takes a post-breakfast snooze, and blends his three afternoon naps into one long dream session.
Duffy's idyllic life is one long nap, punctuated by breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. He does go out with Mom, wearing his pirate costume, for a few errands and a bit of airing of his little floppy ears out the car window. But the high point of his day is when his best friend comes home from school, and Duffy gives playtime with her his all, working up a good appetite for whatever smells so good in the kitchen.
Supper's not ready yet? No problem. Duffy steals a snippet of shuteye with his head pillowed on the side of his bowl "in a place where no one could forget to feed him."
After a strenuous walk with the family in the park, Duffy is disappointed. He finds his cozy chair occupied by Dad and his newspaper, but the adaptable Duffy squirms up to take a post-prandial nap in his lap.
But, OH, NO! What time is it? Bedtime already? But Duffy's not one bit sleepy!
Audrey and Don Wood's brand-new picture book, It's Duffy Time! (Blue Sky Press, 2012) shows off their doggone good artistic abilities with a little pooch protagonist who is a cute as as pug's ear. Duffy doesn't compare with the incomparable Carl for far-fetched adventures, but nobody passes the time in dreamland like this big-eyed guy who can even make sleeping look like fun. And as an extra bonus, the illustrators provide a clock in view on (almost) every page so young readers can tell the time as Duffy passes his in snoresville. Duffy is one sweet little hero with all kinds of doggy charm, awake or asleep.
Don and Audrey Wood are the Caldecott-winning co-creators of a string of picture book best sellers, including King Bidgood's in the Bathtub (Caldecott Honor Book), The Napping House, Piggy Pie Po, and Heckedy Peg. (A Voyager/Hbj Book)