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Dude, That’s Rude!

(Get Some Manners)


Kids today need manners more than ever, and Dude, That’s Rude! makes it fun and easy to get some. Full-color cartoons and kid-friendly text teach the basics of polite behavior in all kinds of situations—at home, at school, in the bathroom, on the phone, at the mall, and more.

Kids learn Power Words to use and P.U. Words to avoid, why their family deserves their best manners, and the essentials of e-tiquette (politeness online). It seems like light reading, but it’s serious stuff: Manners for kids are major social skills, and this book gives them a great start.

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ISBN: 978-1-57542-233-6
Reading Level: Grade 4
Interest Level: Ages 8–13
Guided Reading Level: Q
Lexile Measure: 730L
Illustrated: color illust.
Trim Size: 5.125" x 7"
Page Count: 128

Praise for Dude, That's Rude!
“Boys will love this! Rather than getting yelled or preached at, this book takes a fun look at typical forms of rudeness and makes them totally uncool. Being polite, kind to others, is a first step in helping a child walk the talk of social justice.”—Reach and Teach, independent bookstore in San Mateo, California

“In a humorous but informative fashion, Dude, That’s Rude! will provide kids with the necessary do’s and don’ts of good manners, the reasons why they are important, and lots of effective ‘smooth moves’ for sticky situations.”—The Stratford Gazette

  • iParenting Media Award Winner
  • Common Core State Standards


  • ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success

    MS.1, MS.2, MS.3
    BS.LS.1, BS.LS.9
    BS.SMS.1, BS.SMS.2, BS.SMS.4, BS.SMS.7, BS.SMS.9
    BS.SS.1, BS.SS.2, BS.SS.3, BS.SS.4, BS.SS.5, BS.SS.6, BS.SS.7, BS.SS.8, BS.SS.9

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June 14, 2021 / Maria Munoz
5 stars for Dude, That’s Rude!

Hilarious lessons for teaching kids about manners. And best of all, the simplicity of how the concepts are presented have made for an easy transition to using it for online learning! Good manners are universal and this book continues to be a hit with my kids in the Philippines. Mabuhay!

June 24, 2019 / Miss Stevi
Love Free Spirit's books on character

There is just enough humor to keep the children interested without being too silly.

May 21, 2018 / Vanessa - Pittsburgh
Great book

Great book for children! Fun and appealing book that teaches children how to use their manners with colorful pictures and easy to read text.


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