- Age Range: 5 - 6 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
- Lexile Measure: AD270L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: Chronicle Books (June 2, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1452138516
- ISBN-13: 978-1452138510
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.5 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 105 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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PreS-Gr 1—In this amusing and downright bizarre tale, readers learn about cakes whose dispositions aren't nearly as sweet as their flavoring. One bratty confection, who never waits his turn and refuses to obey his parents, finally gets his comeuppance when a cyclops reaches into his bedroom window one night and eagerly scoops him up. Slyly subverting expectations, the author explains that cyclops don't eat cakes—they enjoy wearing them as hats. But cyclops are far more considerate, and the one-eyed creature quickly returns the dessert to his home, resulting in a kinder, gentler cake. Children learning to say, "Please" and "Thank you" will delight in the over-the-top rude behavior here, such as the cake exploding with anger at a tiny marshmallow and chocolate muffin. The use of dynamic, large fonts for emphasis, hilarious dialogue conveyed through speech bubbles, and the exaggerated expressions and responses of characters add further to the zany flavor of this story. Digitally created, with pencil and ink, the cartoonlike illustrations match the tone of the text, quirk for quirk. The strange creations depicted here have an adorably grotesque feel: the cakes are multilayered concoctions perched precariously on tiny peglike legs, while the monsters are toothy, big-eyed, hairy ovals. Watkins has whipped up a truly surreal story, crammed with hilarious details and gently laced with an important lesson; pair this one with Steve Antony's Please Mr. Panda (Scholastic, 2015) for a fun primer on manners. VERDICT This entertaining offering will make for a riotous storytime.—Mahnaz Dar, School Library Journal
"A truly surreal story, crammed with hilarious details and gently laced with an important lesson."--School Library Journal, starred review
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"This witty, original debut... with adorably scruffy art and a clever, gag-filled story, Watkins brings a refreshing irreverence to the often deadly mind-your-manners genre."--The New York Times
"The zaniest picture book premise of the year."--Boston Globe
"The best picture-book debut of 2015 is Rowboat Watkins' Rude Cakes. "--Phil Nel, Nine Kinds of Pie and The Niblings
"Sweet as sugar with just the right touch of strangeness."--Chicago Tribune
"Rude Cakes is a classic cautionary tale that also manages to be original, subversive, and very funny."--Sergio Ruzzier, author of A Letter for Leo
"Packed with hilarious details and grin-bringing surprises - and it works in a lovely message, too."--Design Mom
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But more about me.. and my needs....
First, this book has a message to deliver -- I think that's clear by the title, but let me just summarize it the way I read it -- our story follows a rude baked good... a cake to be exact, the cake is rude to other baked goods and his/her/its parents... hence rude cake... fine-- bad cake, bad. Soooo, at some point, after bedtime for the baked good in question, he/ she/ it is abducted by a very pleasant cyclops -- and taken somewhere where the rude cake is shown off to the cyclop's friends, many pleasantries are exchanged regarding the rude cake, who they think is a hat. After some protest, from rude cake, the cyclops realizes they were wrong for abducting rude cake and pleasantly returns rude cake to his/her/its bed.
Hmmmmmmmmmm?????? I get it... no wait ....I don't. The main message is clear, I get that -- how the author came up or even connected these strange characters to one another, I don't get it -- because THAT doesn't make ANY sense -- if my summary sounds crazy well ...there ya go-- Just my opinion, I'm 40 years old --BUT my three year old LOOOVVVVEEEEESSSSS this book.... say what? So I can't write it off as a waste of money, I didn't like it... I cringe when she points to it every night because it's so weird -- but the truth is the toddler loves it and in the end that's all that counts, I have no idea what's going on in that three year old mind that makes this book even decent, but LOVE??? -- Soooo, three stars from me-- 5 stars from my toddler -- that said, it's my Amazon account, so three stars it is... she can write her own review.
First off, I do love the book.
However, I have to mark down the stars because I want to be able to read it as a bedtime book to my toddler, but it is a mix of prose and comic book dialog. As a result, it is really hard to just sit down and read it aloud. This format for the verbage really limits its usefulness.
If it was pure standard prose then it would definitely be a five star book.