Perfect Picture Book Friday! Rude Cakes by Rowboat Watkins

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it really gets its point across!

rudecakeRude Cakes

By Rowboat Watkins
40 pages – ages 3+
Will be Published by Chronicle Books on June 2, 2015 (ARC reviewed)

Theme/Topic- Manners / Being nice

Genre- Fiction

Opening and Synopsis- Opening – “Rude cakes never say please, [Gimme]

Synopsis – From Goodreads: Who 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.

Why I liked this book- 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?!?

Activities and Resources- 

Chronicle Books has supplied a ton of activities to go along with the book. You can download an activity kit – HERE.

Get a sharing poster HERE.

rudecake3You can also download a phenakistoscope (fen-uh-kissed-oh-skope – my new word of the day) template and make a magic wheel animation of rude cakes HERE!


To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!

Categories: Age 1-5, Age 6-9, Perfect Picture Book Friday

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30 replies

  1. This one looks like a fun read!

  2. Oo, you got a preview. Lucky you, Erik! Manners picture books can too quickly become preachy and this sounds like being anything but!

  3. /what a deliciously funny picture book about manners. Great way to teach manner through humor!

  4. Looks fun. And I dig that sharing poster.

  5. Hot off the press! There’s a clear hook to this book. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Does this book have crumby puns? Sweet! And Thanks for the new vocab (I never knew what those optical illusion discs were called!)

  7. A character we love to hate. Fun approach to addressing manners. Hopefully lessons learned but in a way kids can laugh about.

  8. Anxious to see this one. Heard some good things about it!

  9. Anyone who can make manners fun has my vote. And phenakistoscope is my new word of the day now, too.

  10. Really looking forward to reading this!

  11. What a fun laugh out loud book this is. I so love the cute illustrations. Very unique, thanks for sharing, Erik.

  12. Why you dirty rascal, you! I pulled this one out to review today, but then checked on your posting for PPBF first. So glad I did.This crumbly point is yours, but no more!! 🙂

    Oh, yeah, nice review. I have yet to read this, so I am anxious to see if it really is as great as you say. But how could it not with cakes an cyclops?! (You did write “cyclops,” right?)

  13. Definitely checking it out. A few of my munchkins could use a fun reminder about good manners:)

  14. Nice blog, have you 🙂

    I write reviews for the Guardian’s Children book club. Here is a link to my latest:

    I’m thinking of setting up my own book blog. Any tips or tricks?

    • Thank you! I believe the best thing you can do is visit other book blogs with similar content of that which you are reviewing. Also, reply to comments on your post as soon as possible. That doesn’t help your following.

  15. Chronicle publishes the best books! I love how this book looks (and it’s theme). It sounds hilarious! I’ll be getting it from the library as soon as it’s available. Thanks for highlighting!

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