Are You Quite Polite?: Silly Dilly Manners Songs


You all know...
"Do Your Ears Hang Low?"
"Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,"
but what about
"Are You Quite Polite?"
Quiet in the Library" ?!

Songwriter and comedy writer extraordinaire Alan Katz has done it again! Turning his ...

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You all know...
"Do Your Ears Hang Low?"
"Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,"
but what about
"Are You Quite Polite?"
Quiet in the Library" ?!

Songwriter and comedy writer extraordinaire Alan Katz has done it again! Turning his attention to the subject of good and bad manners, he has created a hilarious new guide to manners that kids will love to follow — laughing all the way! With brilliantly funny pictures by illustrator and cartoonist David Catrow, this new collection promises hours of well-mannered silly dillyness for kids everywhere!

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Editorial Reviews

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The author of Take Me Out of the Bathtub delivers another batch of silly-dilly songs to promote good, clean behavior. This time the veteran songwriter and comedy writer conjures up cute tunes to spotlight good manners and the power of politeness. Artist David Catrow lightens the message with his funny, often surprising cartoons.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
A collection of silly poems with equally silly drawings, Katz aims to teach good manners. In the opening spread kids are told that it is not polite to put their mouths on the waterspout of a drinking fountain. All of the poems are written to be sung to songs—among them are "Polly Wolly Doodle" and "Pop Goes the Weasel." In addition to the drinking fountain admonition, the book addresses other issues such as boogers, sibling rivalry, how to behave at a party, writing thank-you notes, not talking with food in your mouth, and the like. Catrow has a field day with his illustrations showing kids in their states of messy, bad behavior. A kid pleaser and a book that should instill messages about good behavior without feeling the least bit like a real lesson in proper etiquette from Emily Post.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-This fourth entry by Katz and Catrow features 14 selections about manners set to familiar tunes. For the most part, the music and words are an easy fit, although a few, such as "Writing Thank-Yous" to the tune of "Alouette," might require some rehearsal. The verses scan well, with only the occasional resort to invention when no rhyme presents itself ("Then there is Ingrid,/Who did a bad thingrid"). There are entries on lateness, table manners, sneezing, nose picking, and being quiet in the library, sung to "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star." Done in watercolors, colored pencil, and ink, the cartoon artwork is appropriately energetic and chaotic, amplifying the humor in the situations. Useful as a lighthearted introduction to etiquette or for just plain fun.-Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Supplying new lyrics for 14 familiar tunes, Katz presents examples of behavior both good and bad, paired with Catrow's characteristic, garishly colored scenes of bulbous headed figures quizzically or gleefully regarding spectacular messes. Covering topics from nose-picking and unfettered sneezing (to the tune "Man On the Flying Trapeze")-"When Pete goes, 'Ah-choo,' / Everybody yells, 'Freeze!' / There's no superglue / Stick-i-er than his sneeze / the worst part is, he always sneezes in threes / No wonder the town moved away!"-to writing timely thank-you notes and putting a sock in it while at the library, the entries will induce hilarity (and who knows, maybe even a little contrition) whether read (sung) aloud or silently. Like Jane Yolen's How Do Dinosaurs series, illustrated by Mark Teague, think of this as required reading for Goops-young or otherwise. (Picture book/poetry. 6-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689869709
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Publication date: 9/26/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 287,003
  • Age range: 2 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Katz is the author of many seriously silly books for children, including the bestselling Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Dilly Songs, illustrated by David Catrow. Alan lives in Fairfield County, Connecticut, with his journalist wife, Rose, and their four children. He can also be found at

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