Book Review: Rudie Nudie by Emma Quay

This book review was originally written by Jackie Small for Tiny and Little-Issue 5.  Rudie Nudie has been shortlisted for the CBCA’s Early Childhood Book of the Year 2012.

There’s nothing more symbolic of childhood than children running around ‘rudie nudie’ after their bath.

The delightful illustrations are pencil drawings with photo-shopped patterns and colours of soft, pastel peaches, greens and blues. Emma has captured the true essence of toddlers in this book: joy, freedom, exploration and innocence.

The story is beautifully rhythmic, told with the use of both playful (roly-poly, loop-the-loop and tickly under there) and comforting words (kiss, hug, squeeze, hold, nice and snug).

The title page shows two children excitedly taking off their clothes for the bath. After a fun play in the bubbles, the children quickly escape their mum’s hold as she tries to dry them. The girl makes it out the door, and is promptly followed by her little brother, who imitates her every move.

They roll, fall, dance, jump, spring, run, prance, and spin around the house and into the backyard. As they do, they explore with curiosity the different textures of the floorboards, the rug, the doormat, the sheets, the tree branches and leaves against their bare skin.

We are left with an image of these perfect cherubs nestled and peaceful in bed.

Parents will delight in this book, as will children who will giggle along with the cheeky playfulness of the children.

Book Details

By Emma Quay


Format: Hardback

Publisher: ABC Books, November 2011

RRP: $24.99 (aud)

Suitable for ages 18 months +


CBCA Early Childhood Book of the Year 2012- shortlisted

Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year for Young Children 2012- shortlisted

Book Review: Rudie Nudie by Emma Quay

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