A scrumptious and surprising tale of pleases and pastries.

Title: Rude Cakes
Author and Illustrator: Rowboat Watkins
Rating: 8.5
Readability: 9
Source: Raincoast Books for review

Description 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.

What I Thought:

This book was deliciously sweet.

Evelyn loved it. She thought it was just hilarious and asked me to read it to her about five times in a row when it first arrived. Even Lucy, who isn’t quite one and a half yet, loves listening to this story and always grabs it for me to read.

I’m gunna be a little spoilery right now and tell you the twist. Just when we think that Rude Cake can’t get any ruder, he gets swiped out of his bedroom by a gigantic Cyclops and turned into a hat. Totally unexpected and totally hilarious.

I loved the juxtaposition between the rude cake and the ever polite Cyclops. While the cake was obnoxious to the other treats for absolutely no reason, the cyclopses (cyclopsi?) were unfailingly kind.

The illustrations in this book are whimsical and inviting. I loved the muted colours and expressive faces on all the characters. There is always something cute going on in the background or speech bubbles as well that adds another layer of interest to the story.

I liked that the cake was a boy, but also pink. I can probably count the number of characters like that on one hand. So yay!

Rude Cakes Rowboat Watkins illustration book review


Rowboat Watkins (Rowboat is a nickname his wife gave him) has the most hilarious and random “About Me” page on his website. Go check it out.

Just a warning. Don’t google just “rude cakes.” Don’t. Don’t do it. As bad as you think it might be, it’s worse. Make sure you put “Rude Cakes Rowboat Watkins” into the search engine. You’ll thank me later.


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