“Human Experiment #1” is not as familiar (at least not to this overgrown tween): “Using your pointer finger, trace in the air an outline around your family and friends,” and then describe your findings on what people said and did. Just imagining the looks you get when your family is screaming “What are you doing? Stop it!” is hilarious. (I am definitely not someone you want around your kids, unless they need “encouragement.”)
Dude Diary also asks about important topics like anger and bullying, and provides space to write about both topics as they affect the reader’s life. This might just get guys interested in writing to express their feelings, which is a very positive plus (I think that’s redundant).
Maybe the young gentlemen in your life are not interested in reading, writing stories, or exploring their feelings. Dude Diary has enough references to aliens, superpowers, slimy things, rude behavior, junk food, and grossness that the guys aren’t even going to notice they're engaged in those pursuits. To learn more about the Dude! Series, visit The Dude Book website which offers a peek into the books, free downloadable printables (signs, masks, door hangers), and weird sound effects.
Bottom Line: Would I buy Dude Diary? Yep — my eleven-year-old buddy needs a copy (don’t tell his mom).