A little over two years ago, I shared our family’s favourite books.
The top twelve. The shining lights in our library.
But I don’t think I could bring myself to remove many from the list. And Rudie Nudie would definitely keep its place.
Rudie Nudie / Emma Quay
(ABC Books, 2011)
I will never get sick of this book. Ever.
Rudie Nudie is a rollicking, rhyming, rhythmical read that is also, fittingly, alliterative on the first page. The stars of the book, young siblings, celebrate the end of bathtime with a series of Rudie Nudie shenanigans.
They run. They jump. They somersault. They dance. They head outside and do Rudie Nudie runs in the backyard.
I love the incorporation of nursery rhymes and dance moves. I love the constant squeezes and cuddles (Rudie Nudie is a great resource for anyone compiling a thesaurus entry for ‘hug’). I love the use of ‘jarmies’ at the end, marking the book as unmistakably Australian.
And I loooove the illustrations.
Of course, more than anything else, I love the Rudie Nudieness. My kids love to get nekked and run around – whether or not they’ve just had a bath! – and Emma Quay has perfectly captured that cheekiness exhibited by toddlers who love to get their gear off.
Have you read Rudie Nudie? What did you think?
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