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Are your manners monstrous? Or marvelous? Victor Vulture, Crocodila Jones, and their friends demonstrate the right -- and wrong -- things to say and do in this humorous guide to proper manners. The correct answer to each manners question is hidden in the picture. With hilarious artwork and many hidden animals to challenge sharp-eyed readers, this is a fun -- and surprising -- way to learn manners. "Part Emily Post and part I Spy game, this humorous guide to basic etiquette painlessly provides plenty of solid ...
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Overview

Are your manners monstrous? Or marvelous? Victor Vulture, Crocodila Jones, and their friends demonstrate the right -- and wrong -- things to say and do in this humorous guide to proper manners. The correct answer to each manners question is hidden in the picture. With hilarious artwork and many hidden animals to challenge sharp-eyed readers, this is a fun -- and surprising -- way to learn manners. "Part Emily Post and part I Spy game, this humorous guide to basic etiquette painlessly provides plenty of solid information on societal do's and don'ts." -- Publishers Weekly

"It's a spoon, not a shovel, " one mother tells her hungry child in this hilarious quiz on good manners. Young barbarians of all ages will have a great time seeing just how cool they are, as they answer 20 questions, each with wildly imaginative illustrations and multiple choice answers. Full color.

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Pop-eyed animals with exaggerated expressions, sly humor, and a touch of the gross are the protagonists in this book on proper etiquette. All but one of the answers to the mutiple-choice questions are extremely silly, and the letters corresponding to the correct answers along with a few animals are hidden in the pictures. This is a lesson kids will hopefully bring to the table!
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This comical etiquette book is "part Emily Post, part I Spy game," said PW. "The seek-and-find possibilities will surely tickle junior sleuths while turning them into the very models of modern manners." Ages 4-8. Sept.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Part Emily Post and part I Spy game, this humorous guide to basic etiquette painlessly provides plenty of solid information on societal do's and don'ts. One page of each spread contains a brief scenario followed by one or two multiple-choice quizzes, opposite which a quirky animal cast depicts the action described. With her playful use of language and suitably silly set-ups ``Gazing into her sweetheart's eyes while eating an armadillo, Miss Crocodila Jones doesn't notice that she is sitting on her napkin'', Caralyn Buehner A Job for Wittilda makes her text both comical and educational-Crocodila's napkin-placement options, for example, are ``a. On her head. b. In her ear. c. On her lap''. Mark Buehner's The Adventures of Taxi Dog lush palette and deft use of light and shadow characterize his paintings, many of which feature unusual perspectives and fetching closeups. In a clever challenge for readers, the letters corresponding to the correct quiz answers are hidden in the accompanying pictures. Numerous other seek-and-find possibilities will surely tickle junior sleuths while turning them into the very models of modern manners. Ages 4-8. June
Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
Is this: a. a self-administered quiz about manners; b. a devilishly clever "hidden-picture" book; or c. both a and b? The answer is, of course, "c." Humorous situations are presented, for example, how should Trevor Tarantula get the salt to sprinkle on his mashed crickets? A multiple-choice list follows each vignette. The illustrations are very detailed, and the letter corresponding to the correct answer is hidden within. A honeybee, a rabbit and a dinosaur also recur in the pictures. Your kids will laugh, and just might learn some manners in the process!
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K-Gr 4A book showing various animals and insects in 14 manners-related dilemmas. On one page, three possible scenarios are offered, and readers must choose the correct behavior. Two of them are always obviously wrong, but for those who can't figure the answer out, the letter a, b, or c of the correct choice is hidden in the picture. For example, ``Marty Mouse has been saving crumbs for weeks to give to Elmer Elephant for his birthday.'' Should Elmer say ``Your whiskers are twitching''; ``Rats! That's not what I wanted''; or ``Thank you, Marty''? On each facing page, paintings by the illustrator of The Adventures of Taxi Dog Dial, 1990 appear. They are the best thing about this collaborationthey are interesting, colorful, and funny. The text is mildly amusing, but doesn't have as much appeal as Sesyle Joslin's What Do You Do, Dear? and What Do You Say, Dear? both HarperCollins, 1958. Carlyn Buehner includes many gross and rude answers that kids are bound to pick. Say ``No, thank you'' to this etiquette quiz.JoAnn Rees, Sunnyvale Public Library, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140564273
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Series: Picture Puffin Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 380L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.38 (w) x 10.98 (h) x 0.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Caralyn Buehner
Husband-and-wife team Caralyn and Mark Buehner live in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2008

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    This book one of my all time favorite children's books. It is a very funny multiple choice quiz about manners. But my kids love it because of the funny answers ('Dapper Diapers') and the hidden letters and pictures that they get to search for throughout the book. Definitely a 'must have' for any children's library!

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