Book Review: A book for younger kids about being naked.
A short overview of this book
Rudie Nudie by Emma Quay is a fun book that talks about being naked or a ‘rudie nudie’. A book that you could use to start conversations about your child’s body and where it is okay (and not okay) to be naked! It doesn’t talk about the genitals at all, but could still be used to start a discussion.
What’s the ideal age for this book?
Rudie Nudie by Emma Quay is ideal for children between the ages of 3 – 6 years of age.
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Hi, I’m Cath Hak from Sex Ed Rescue. Today I’m going to talk to you about a book called Rudie Nudie by Emma Quay.
Look, this book is all about body image as opposed to sex education. That doesn’t mean it is useless. This book can help bring up conversations about nudity, differences between boys and girls, what’s okay, and what is not okay.
This is a lovely little Australian book about a child who runs around naked. I’m not sure if this is too useful for other cultures as in Australia if you ever ran around naked someone would call you a rudie nudie. We use that slang a lot in Australia, but I’m not sure about outside the country.
Now, Rudie Nudie starts off with a little girl and boy in the bath. Above them, you can read a fun rhyme about what is happening. As the two kids hop out of the bath, we don’t see any genitals. It is a completely child-friendly book.
But this could bring up conversations like, “Hey, do you think that kid is a boy or a girl? Why do you think that? What’s the difference?”
After that the kids go off and run around naked. They run out the bathroom door, have fun, roll around on the rug, dance, and all this fun stuff. All the while, this lovely little rhyme goes along with it.
You could use a page with the children running around to talk with your child as well. One that comes to mind is where is it okay for them to run around rudie nudie. Is it okay for them to run around home naked? Out the backyard? Out the front yard? On the street? These can be important conversations to have with your child.
Eventually, the book’s mum catches the kids and gets them dressed. As the book says, “Rudie Nudie time for bed. But no longer Rudie Nudie, all snuggled up instead.”
So, this is a fantastic book to have conversations with. I know my kids loved this book when they were younger, and we had lots of conversations about it.
Anyway, Rudie Nudie isn’t a bad book, it is short and clever. It helps start lots of conversations, whether that be about bodies or boundaries with being naked.
Alright, I hope that helps, cheers.