How to Behave at a Tea Partyby Madelyn Rosenberg
What happens when opinionated Julia tries to teach her carefree little brother, Charles, how to behave at a tea party? This sweet and silly take on the classic manners theme is filled with sibling antics, laugh-out-loud moments, big imagination, and plenty of heart, making it perfect for readers of modern classics such as Fancy Nancy and Ladybug Girl. It's also
What happens when opinionated Julia tries to teach her carefree little brother, Charles, how to behave at a tea party? This sweet and silly take on the classic manners theme is filled with sibling antics, laugh-out-loud moments, big imagination, and plenty of heart, making it perfect for readers of modern classics such as Fancy Nancy and Ladybug Girl. It's also great for parents of tantrum-throwing preschoolers looking to impart some wisdom on how to cope with life's surprises.
Julia wants nothing more than to teach Charles proper tea party etiquette, but things are not going as planned. The tiny sandwiches have been gobbled up by the dog, Charles is using sugar cubes as building blocks, and the neighbor kids have eaten the centerpiece. Will Julia and Charles find a way to play together?
With such a mischievous little brother, what's a young hostess to do? As Julia plans and sets up her backyard tea party, younger brother Charles runs rings around and through it with the cute family dog, Rexie. And not far away are the McKagan brothers, redheaded twins with googly eyes, who match Charles prank for prank. They eat the peonies on the table (while Rexie is eating the tablecloth), and one of them stacks the teacups on his head. The metajoke of this book is that the text reads like a set of instructions written by Miss Manners that hint at the chaos shown in the pictures. "You may bring a stuffed animal. And a present. / Do not eat the peonies. Or the tablecloth!" Julia loses her temper and sends the boys away with big angry words that fill the page. But a tea party for one is not much of a party. She reinvites the boys and even allows Rexie to return. Before long, she's playing as rambunctiously as they are, building a rocket ship out of sugar cubes and climbing the big backyard tree. Rosenberg's prose is apt and economical, playing right into the humor of the book's digital illustrations, created with Photoshop. Ross' repertoire of facial expressions is a highlight. Fizzy and sweet if not exactly groundbreaking. (Picture book. 3-6)
Meet the Author
Madelyn Rosenberg is the author of How to Behave at a Tea Party, the first book about Julia and Charles, illustrated by Heather Ross; The Schmutzy Family, illustrated by Paul Meisel; and Nanny X, a middle grade novel. She lives in Arlington, Virginia, with her husband, kids, cats, and fish. When she was in second grade, her dog, Taylor, took home the title of Happiest Puppy in the University Mall Pet Show.
Heather Ross is an illustrator, author, and textile designer. She is the illustrator of How to Behave at a Tea Party by Madelyn Rosenberg, as well as the Crafty Chloe books by Kelly DiPucchio. She also wrote the bestselling craft books Weekend Sewing and Heather Ross Prints. Heather's own dog, Lobo, currently holds a regional title for Smelliest Pup. She lives in New York City.
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Why I liked this book- Ms. Rosenberg has written a marvelous picture book about a young girl who wants to throw a “fancy” tea party but all she has is not so fancy guests. :) The book has a subtle, but great, message – be flexible – improvise! Live life to the fullest! The book is told in the form of Julia telling rules about a tea party. She says things like “You must NOT slurp like a moose. Or burp like Uncle Victor.” I love how the book shows that things may not go the way you plan, but you can still have fun. The illustrations are really funny, and have little details in them that are fun to look at! *NOTE I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
It's a busy afternoon for Julia and Charles and their many friends. I love how Julia learns what a party is really all about. The details are spot-on and the illustrations charming.