Rude Cakes by Rowboat Watkins

Rude Cakes

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.

rude cakes

Rude Cakes is a cleverly written children’s book that manages to convey a message about rudeness in a very silly, approachable way.  Think Goofus and Gallant in the form of a not-so-sweet two layer cake and the very polite cyclops he crosses paths with.

Children will enjoy not only the rude behaviour from the cake but the humorous twist that has the cake change it’s ways and become the sweet little cake he was meant to be.

The illustrations are done in pencil and ink in a unique style and the use of different sized fonts for emphasis and responses matches the quirkiness of the story quite well.

A very silly book overall, but one that I think makes the message about manners a little bit easier (or should I say sweeter,) to swallow.


Rowboat Watkins is mostly a dad who likes to tell stories and draw. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.


17 thoughts on “Rude Cakes by Rowboat Watkins

  1. Aww! This looks like a cute book! We love to use books as a great teaching tool in our house, and this would be great for teaching my boys more about social manners.

  2. What a cute way to discuss a very important topic. I love the use of ink and pencil also it makes it seem timeless. I know a few I can recommend to read this to their children. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. Ha, ha, ha… what a great way to teach kids about rudeness. Sometimes kids need something like this to show them right from wrong.

  4. What a cute book! I love the books that have a lesson behind them. We’ve been reading a lot of those to our preschoolers (their choice) but I love the learning!

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