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2016 Ezra Jack Keats Book Award – New Illustrator HonorWho knew that cakes were so rude?! In this deliciously entertaining book, a not-so-sweet cake—who never says please or thank you or listens to its parents—gets its just desserts. Mixing hilarious text and pictures, Rowboat Watkins, a former Sendak fellow, has cooked up a laugh-out- loud story that can also be served up2016 Ezra Jack Keats Book Award – New Illustrator HonorWho knew that cakes were so rude?! In this deliciously entertaining book, a not-so-sweet cake—who never says please or thank you or listens to its parents—gets its just desserts. Mixing hilarious text and pictures, Rowboat Watkins, a former Sendak fellow, has cooked up a laugh-out- loud story that can also be served up as a delectable discussion starter about manners or bullying, as it sweetly reminds us all that even the rudest cake can learn to change its ways....

Title : Rude Cakes
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ISBN : 9781452138510
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 40 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Rude Cakes Reviews

  • Archit Ojha
    2019-02-19 19:49

    Read to me by my soulmate while we were walking in an aisle, coincidentally, looking for cakes and pastries.Rude Cakes is one of the best books I've come across that teaches manners so effectively and effortlessly.A surprise waits for you in this book that shakes your grounds! Loved the humor.

  • Pooja
    2019-01-23 21:23

    One of the best children's books with a super great plot twist!This is the book I'm reading to my kids!

  • Kimberly
    2019-02-02 20:39

    I was prepared for the same ol' song and dance about manners (but with cakes) and then--holy plot twist!--the giant cyclopses show up. Rowboat Watkins (??) may be one of my new favorites.

  • Kathy
    2019-02-03 16:43

    My daughter wasn't interested in this one when I showed her the cover but she listened to me read it to her. When we were done she said that she liked the story but didn't really like the pictures. It's a really fast read and personally I liked the story.

  • Mary
    2019-02-11 22:20

    This is my kind of book - just the kind I'd LOVE to share in storytime. Made me laugh out loud, which is always a plus. Rude cakes are SO rude, but polite monsters LOVE....tiny hats. When one of the monsters uses a rude cake for a hat, the cake must learn some manners to help him out of his predicament.

  • Laura McLoughlin
    2019-02-09 21:46

    I was reading this to Kathryn and not really liking it and I wasn't really sure where it was going, when the cake would learn to be polite and all that, and then, out of literally nowhere, giant cyclopes show up and I was won over! Way to go Rowboat Watkins!

  • Edward Sullivan
    2019-01-25 00:38

    Rude cake learns manners from a giant Cyclops. Wonderfully absurd.

  • Alice
    2019-01-27 20:36

    I am now dumber for reading this book. If I could give it a .5 star I would,It's only saving grace is the manners, let's learn please, thank you etc. Well, and who doesn't like a good nickname as an author first name. ROWBOAT! Maybe he got the name because he doesn't move anywhere fast and treads a lot of water!Other than that..It did nothing for me. Don't like the cakes element (that is just way too odd for me) and cyclopes...just a weird twist. Sounds like a 4 year old was telling the story in childlike rambles. However that might be delightful for some people- that it is so dippy and ridiculous and child like that brings them a smile... This must be a love it or hate it type of book! I am going to just leave it!

  • Erik This Kid Reviews Books
    2019-02-17 21:26

    This is a really fun picture book. It has cakes and cyclopses – what’s not to like? I like how it cleverly teaches young kids to be nice and use their manners. The pictures are cute and funny. They also help get the point across.This is one of the most clever picture books on manners that I’ve seen! It uses baked goods and giant cyclopses to explain how you can be well mannered – how do people think of these things?!?*NOTE* The publisher sent me a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

  • Heather
    2019-01-24 21:43

    Great picture book for elementary kids about manners. Would probably work k-4...maybe 5. Good to share at beginning of the year when establishing up classroom environment /rules. Respect of others and manners.

  • Debbie Tanner
    2019-01-28 18:27

    This is the funniest book about manners, EVER. It shows the inappropriate behavior and then the appropriate behavior in the funniest possible way. I laughed out loud at some of the pages (which is not rude, but I wished I could have read it TO someone at the bookstore).

  • SCPSReads
    2019-02-16 17:34

    I used this in conjunction with our PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports) program. We discussed our "How to be a STAR in the Library" rules and compared how the rude cakes and polite cyclopses would fare in our library.

  • Laura Harrison
    2019-02-08 00:46

    Unique and laugh out loud funny. I loved it!

  • Michael Earp
    2019-01-29 17:47

    Gold! You really wouldn't want to be a rude cake! :P

  • Danielle
    2019-01-25 19:37

    This is basically a manners book that is just absurd enough to be totally effective and not preachy. Also, love those illustrations, matte look, and pastels. An original palette for a picture book!

  • Julie
    2019-02-02 21:49

    Oh man, this book gets funnier every time I read it.

  • Mehsi
    2019-01-25 21:50

    Rude cake alert!I have been wanting to read this book for a long time. Hoping that one day I would be able to read it, and today I was finally able to get this book and read it. Yay!This book is about rude cakes, well, especially one in particular it seems. A little child cake. He/she doesn't seem to be the happiest. Never says thank you. Please? What is that word? Doesn't listen to his/her parents. Steals stuff (because why ask). And much more. I have to say I was a bit disappointed. I thought ALL the cakes were rude, but instead this is just one little cake that has a pissy attitude. His parents and other cakes and other food related stuff seem to be nice and kind. I know the author writes it as they, but the only cake I see being rude is a tiny little pink cake. Plus given the ending, it must have been only one cake. :( But I still enjoyed the story, especially with that ending. I didn't expect that to happen, and I had a laugh. That sure ought to learn that cake a little lesson about how to be kind, friendly, and how to treat people.The art is my favourite part of the whole book. The expressions of the cakes (and other food stuff) are perfection. But I also love the little details that can be found in the illustrations (like the poster in the bedroom). Oh, and now that I read the book, the cover is even better than before I read the book. :)So yeah, I enjoyed this book, but I had expected more rude cakes. Review first posted at

  • Fred Slusher
    2019-02-07 16:23

    I definitely see this as a future Story Time selection.

  • Venus
    2019-02-10 18:30

    Review originally posted on Children's AtheneumWho knew that cakes could be so rude? In this strangely entertaining book, there is a not-so-sweet cake who never says please and thank you, never listens to its parents, and is just downright rude. Don't worry though, this rude cake gets its just desserts when it is snatched from its bedroom and forced to become a hat for a one-eyed monster. Fortunately for the cake, these Cyclops are not rude.When I first read this book, I thought it was rather strange and a bit heavy-handed with the whole politeness message. That was until my nephew came over and made me read it to him again and again and again. I am always fascinated by the things that entertain children and so I finally asked him why he liked this book so much. "Because Aunt Venus," he said, leaning in and whispering conspiratorially. "The cake is just so rude." That's it folks. It wasn't the pencil and ink drawings, even though they were quite cute. It wasn't the message. It wasn't even the fact that there where monsters or that he liked cake. The simple fact is that who would ever expect a cake to be rude? And isn't it funny that one is?I may not have originally paid this book any mind when I first read it, but once again it was another lesson in seeing these books from the perspective of the children they are written for.

  • Pam ☼Because Someone Must Be a Thorn☼ Tee
    2019-02-17 21:41

    RUDE CAKES never say 'sorry' or 'please' and they cut in line! Which of course makes cupcakes, crumbs, and parents sad and unhappy.**DON'T READ ANY FURTHER IF YOU DON'T WANT SPOILERS**This book from Rowboat Watkins is essentially a Manners Book that uses a crazy, out-there theme to deliver it's message in a kid-friendly, non-preachy manner. The book begins with examples of naughty Rude Cake behavior and turns the corner when a giant cyclops shows up and begins to use the principle Rude Cake as a hat. (view spoiler)[ (There's a cool twist where it looks like the Cyclops is going to eat our Rude Cake... but the next page shows him/her as a hat.) (hide spoiler)] To get back home Rude Cake finds that he/she needs to be polite. And since all of the Cyclopes are friendly and polite, Rude Cake goes home.There are lots of opportunities to use this book to talk about manners with little ones. Whether the artwork and the use of Cyclopes is going to work for your children you'll have to decide. Generally speaking I liked the artistic style, but I do wish that the cupcakes had appeared more brightly colored.But give this one a try. If other books about Manners haven't worked for you, this unusually themed book might.~review copy

  • PEI Public Library Service
    2019-01-29 17:42

    Who knew cakes could be so rude?! Rude cakes by Rowboat Watkins tells the deliciously adorable tale of a rude little cake who never says please, thank you, or listens to his parents. Using delightful drawings, and a charming narrative, Rowboat Watkins delivers a wonderful tale of a not-so-sweet pastry with a surprise twist. The rude little confection learns a lesson when, unexpectedly, a cyclops reaches into his window and scoops him up. Unlike the rude cake, cyclops’ are very polite and have excellent manners. It is only through being polite that the (no longer) rude cake is returned home, with a lesson learned.This book is a great way to introduce and discuss the importance of manners and being kind with young children. The story lends itself to exploring why you should say “please,” “thank you,” and “sorry.” Sometimes the only way to get what you want isn’t by grabbing or taking, but by being courteous. And, in the end, even the rudest little cake can learn to be polite and kind. Borrow a copy:

  • Barbara
    2019-02-11 16:22

    Using pencil and ink and an iMac for the illustrations, this book's creator delivers a heavy-handed message about manners and being polite. A pink-frosted layer cake behaves in an exceedingly rude way to its parents and friends. The cake learns its lesson--un, gets its just desserts--when a very polite Cyclops kidnaps it and uses it for a hat. Of course, while the cake dances about on the Cyclops' head in frustration, the monster behaves quite politely. The rude cake finally realizes that saying please can go a long way in helping someone get what he/she wants. Although I don't hate it, I found it quite didactic and rather silly. What I did like about the book was its design with the use of different sizes of fonts and the little side comments from some of the secondary sweets such as the marshmallow holding a balloon. I predict that a lot of young readers will enjoy this one even though I found it just as annoying as I find rude individuals.

  • Dawn
    2019-02-02 22:37

    A book that teaches about manners, like the How Do Dinosaurs series, but less didactic and with a funny twist. Basically, there is a "rude cake" who pushes other cakes around and doesn't listen to his parents. One night he is plucked from his room by a cyclops who uses the cake for a hat. Cyclops have impeccable manners, so the rude cake learns his manners, and is also graciously returned to his room when he asks. There are some cute details in the pictures, and I like that the little pink cake is male and that the cyclops look so cuddly.

  • Gemma
    2019-01-25 18:47

    This book is one of those that uses randomness to its advantage. I think that it achieves its purpose of demonstrating rude behaviors in everyday circumstances (taking things, not waiting one's turn, not saying please) and showing how anyone (cyclops included) can learn to be polite. Bits of randomness give the story its funny edge -- I especially gasped out loud, and after with delight, at the turn of events in the middle. You'll see.

  • Megan
    2019-02-09 16:42

    Proof of the pudding ultimately resides with the engagement level of children and in my classroom of 7-8 year olds, there are not many books where every last detail MUST be fully explored including the barcode! With mistaken identity, clever connections, laugh aloud humour, convincing characters and beautiful illustrations this book has it all. Really funny and delightful manners tale. Our older reading buddy class enjoyed hearing this too.

  • Kifflie
    2019-01-31 21:38

    I love the concept of this book -- who would ever think up something like "rude cakes?" -- but it works very well, as does the idea of polite, hat-loving cyclopses. This would be a fun story to share one-on-one with a child as well as in a group. It has a message on the importance of good manners, but it's not at all heavy-handed.

  • Beth
    2019-02-07 20:33

    The absurdity of this book puts me in mind of CECIL AND THE PET GLACIER. As an adult, you can't admit you don't like it for fear of looking like you're missing out on the joke. So even though you're not sure if you like it or not, you decide that you do for fear of looking like you're not sophisticated enough to get it. Or out of fear that you'll look like you don't have a sense of humor.

  • Juliana Lee
    2019-02-16 21:46

    Rude Cakes never say please. They don’t wait their turn. They don’t like to share. And they never listen to their parents especially when it’s time to go to bed. But Cyclopes love Rude Cakes! They like to wear them on their heads. They like to share them with their friends. They especially like to listen to Rude Cakes when they say please.

  • Meredith
    2019-02-07 19:47

    This might be a little difficult as a readaloud, what with all of the speech bubbles, but I think the kids will love it, especially the twist re: what cyclopses like. Some etiquette lessons never hurt, either.

  • Carolyn Borgen
    2019-02-15 21:33

    My daughter LOVED this book. She read it herself several times and had us read it to her again and again. A true sign of a good picture book is when the want to read it over and over and over. We had to return it to the library but are thinking of purchasing it ourselves.