Published by: Harper Collins (Australian) first 2011 and again in paperback 2014
Ages: 2 and up.
Theme: nudity, playtime, bath-time, bedtime.
Opening Lines: One, two Rudie Nudie, Rudie Nudie in the bath. Squeaky clean and splishing, splashing, sploshing – Rudie Nudie laugh.
Synopsis: From bath to bedtime Author/Illustrator Emma Quay captures the joy, playfulness and highjinks of a little brother and sister preparing for bed.
Why I like this: Now before you say “Oh but it’s full of nudity.” So what! The dark pencilled human outlines cleverly concealing the “necessaries” throughout, show a brother and sister playfully enjoying the time between bath and bedtime. Slipping out from their thick towels, rolling on the rug, racing down the passage and out into the back yard, totally ignoring their differences, before mother calls them back inside to help them dress for bed. I loved this. As a grandparent, or parent, remember the giggles the little ones made when tickled by towel drying or blowing bubbles on their chest. Oh how delicious they smelled, so clean and sweet, and the talc powder spraying through the air. It is such a moment in time, an innocence to treasure. They grow so fast and what a way to capture that but in a picture book. The title is eye catching and the cover illustration entices you to check it out. What this also teaches children is cleanliness, routine, fun and equality. Yes everyone needs a bath and everyone must go to bed at some time. This book certainly brings a smile, see you’re already smiling at the pictures, with its minimal rhyming text and soft warm hue illustrations.
Emma Quay has illustrated some beautiful books such as Goodnight, Me, and the 2010 CBC Early Childhood Book of the Year for ‘Bear and Chook by the Sea’ (written by Lisa Shanahan). Emma lives in Sydney with her husband and two young daughters.
Great trailer for this book. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lc-KeMXpRCc
Here are some great ideas for making bath-time fun especially if your child has a sensory disorder… http://www.sensory-processing-disorder.com/bath-time-fun.html
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