Rude Cakes by Rowboat Watkins

Rude Cakes

Written by Rowboat Watkins
Illustrated by


Rude Cakes by Rowboat Watkins

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.


Hilarious and full of surprises. Pure picture book genius! -Antoinette Portis, author of the New York Times Bestseller, Not a Box I love this book. I laughed from the first page to the last... a trip to the corner of Please and Thank You, sprinkled with deliciously unexpected twists. --Jill McElmurry, author of Mario Makes a Move and I'm Not a Baby 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 A truly surreal story, crammed with hilarious details and gently laced with an important lesson. --School Library Journal, starred review Makes a familiar message about thoughtfulness fresh and tasty. -Publishers Weekly, starred review The best picture-book debut of 2015 is Rowboat Watkins

--Phil Nel, Nine Kinds of Pie and The Niblings BuzzFeed's 29 Ridiculously Wonderful New Books To Read With Kids Packed with hilarious details and grin-bringing surprises - and it works in a lovely message, too. --Design Mom Kids will be asking-oh so nicely-to 'Read it again, please!' -Booklist, starred review It's funny and it teaches some important lessons about manners. --GeekDad 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 Wacky! --Parents Magazine Appetizing illustrations and scrumptious humour. --Babiekins Sweet as sugar with just the right touch of strangeness. --Chicago Tribune The zaniest picture book premise of the year. --Boston Globe 2016 Ezra Jack Keats Book Award honor winner In very few words and completely without preaching, Rude Cakes lets us laugh our way through a lesson on social skills and self reflection. -Wink Books

About the Author

Ever since he could remember, Rowboat Watkins (yes, a pen name) was attracted to those stories that broke the rules and made him look at things differently. To his way of thinking, young readers of today are already safely swaddled in the soft abundance of conventional stories most grown-ups want them to hear. Rowboat spent time as a student of the illustrious Mr. Sendak, so his stories of fantasy and imagination not only do not fear the 'darker' side of childhood, they embrace it and continue to challenge established ideas of what literature for young children should be. Rowboat Watkins lives in an old brown home with a brown-eyed dog and a bright-eyed girl with long brown hair. Hes older than you can count on his fingers, toes, and teeth, and to this day no one knows why his wife calls him Rowboat . . . but she does. Thats all 100% true. Anything else you might have heard is hogwash.

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40 pages


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Chronicle Books

Publication date

1st May 2015



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