How Rude by Clare Hellen Welsh and Olivier Tallec is utterly adorable and a rather fun commentary on not thinking of those around you. Introducing Duck as he arrives at Dot’s tea party, How Rude follows the pair as inconsiderate Duck proceeds to do just about everything to ruin the party without even trying. Though Dot does her best not to get mad, with each and every rude act from Duck she grows more and more frustrated and less and less able to keep her cool.
I deeply enjoyed reading this cute little book and could definitely see myself buying a copy for the young children I know. It’s never too early to learn how to have good manners and by showing all the frustrating and mean things Duck does without even realizing it, the book introduces the idea that one can not realize they’re causing problems until another person gets mad at them. And it’s a good way to prompt young children to take some time to think about their actions and make efforts to be more considerate.
The illustrations are fun and adorable, brightly colored and tell the story well. I loved how Dot’s face grew redder and redder as she got angry at poor oblivious Duck as he overstepped his bounds. The message of the book is an exceptional one and I look forward to kids learning it.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.