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!
Theme/Topic- Manners / Being nice
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.
You 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!