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Literature / Nuddy Ned

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Nuddy Ned was a children's book published in 2013 by Bloomsbury that was written by Kes Gray and illustrated by Garry Parsons. The story is told in rhyme and entails a young boy named Ned one day deciding to run around naked in public while his parents desperately try to get him to put clothes on.

In 2016, a sequel titled Nuddy Ned's Christmas was published, which had Nuddy Ned go streaking on Christmas Eve in hopes of meeting Santa Claus.


  • Alliterative Title: Both words in the title begin with the letter N.
  • Censor Suds: When first seen in the first book, Ned's nudity is obscured by bubble bath.
  • Christmas Episode: As the title indicates, Nuddy Ned's Christmas takes place during Christmas.
  • Exposed to the Elements: Ned doesn't have any problem streaking in the snow in Nuddy Ned's Christmas, even with his parents and Santa Claus pleading him to get dressed out of concern that he'll get cold.
  • Hand-or-Object Underwear: In spite of not being ashamed of his nudity, Nuddy Ned's Christmas at one point has Ned climb on top of a giant Christmas tree and use the star to cover up his genitals.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: In the first book, Ned's parents try in vain to get their son to stop running around naked in public. At the end of the book, they not only accept that their son likes being naked, but also start disrobing themselves and joining their son in his nude fun.
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  • Naked on Arrival: In the first book, Ned is naked when he is first seen and remains naked for the rest of the story.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Both books are about a boy who decides to run around naked in public just for kicks. He even convinces his parents to join in the fun at the end of the first book and Santa to finish his deliveries in the nude at the end of the second book.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: Both stories are done in rhyme.
  • Scenery Censor: To keep the stories wholesome, both books always have Ned's nudity covered up by conveniently placed objects, with the added novelty of having flaps that can be lifted to reveal something else providing modesty for Ned. When Ned's parents give up on trying to make him change his mind about nudity and start ditching their own clothes before running after him at the end of the first book, their backsides are covered up by their discarded shirts.
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  • Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion: Used in Nuddy Ned's Christmas when describing Ned's exuberance at streaking in the snow.
    Ned danced round the garden
    Like a proper silly billy.
    Snowflakes swirling around his head
    (And places like his...belly button).
  • Toplessness from the Back: When Ned's parents come around to their son's belief that it's fun to be naked and start chucking their own clothes and running after him, Ned's mother is viewed from behind to avoid having to show her breasts and, as described above under Scenery Censor, has her behind covered up by her discarded shirt.
  • Unnamed Parent: As expected from most children's books, the names of Ned's parents are never revealed.