Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Rude Cakes

OMG. If you have yet to read Rude Cakes by Rowboat Watkins (a relatively new picture book, published in June 2015), you must run out and acquire it right now!

This is a delightful story of cakes that are very, very rude. They don't listen to their parents, they don't say "please," and they NEVER say they're sorry.

Enter a giant cyclops. Giant cyclopses are very well-mannered, and they also LOVE.... Well, I don't want to spoil it for you.

Read this to your child and laugh -- I sure did!

Watkins' illustrations are playful and endearing. They add another layer to help tell the story, and you may just find yourself with a newfound fondness for large one-eyed monsters.

Is the ending a bit disappointing? Perhaps. But the delight of the rest of the story more than makes up for that.

Finally, I have read some reviews that call this a book on manners. And I can see how one might categorize it as such. But for me, it is just a playful, ridiculously absurd story that challenges our expectations of how certain beings might behave. It is a book that you can read with a child on your lap and experience the joy of reading together.

I'm still giggling about the plot twist in this book. :) I hope you enjoy it and will add this to your list of books that will foster a love of reading!


  1. I'm always up for a fun silly story to read with the kiddos... Thanks for sharing with #TheCozyReadingSpot

  2. You have definitely piqued my curiosity! Thanks so much for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday last week. I'm sorry I'm late getting around!