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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Dudley the Daydreamer
by Anders Brundin
Age Range: 6-8
Despite doing nothing all day but daydreaming, Dudley feels overworked. He dreams of himself climbing a hot pink Mount Everest or flying his rocket, the Dudley Armstrong Voyager that he invented himself and which runs on blackcurrant juice. As a result of his daydreaming he neglects his dull job as an assistant supervisor in the Civil Service. Finally, after 17 years, his boss has had enough and Dudley is fired. At first he is ecstatic because he will now be able to daydream as much as he likes without interruption. But being unemployed brings a new set of problems as he gradually runs out of money. Now all he can dream about is mouth-watering dishes of delicious food he cannot buy. When he sees an advert ‘Daydreamer Required’ at the Dream Factory he applies for the job and is taken on. His new job keeps him so busy with daydreaming that he has little time for anything else.
The vibrant, intricate illustrations by Joanna Rubin Dranger juxtapose Dudley's two worlds – his dreary office job shown in a black-bordered, boxed-in world that contrasts sharply with his dream world which is displayed with bold, colourful, collaged patterns that leap across the pages.
The translation from the Swedish by Frank Perry reads smoothly and the reader may spot some amusing alterations such as the mention of the Eastbourne football team playing East Ham and a football team who are wearing Swedish kit colours but named as the Welsh team.
This delightfully illustrated book will appeal not only to children but to adults as well who will enjoy the humour of Dudley’s daydreaming.