It's a Spoon, Not a Shovel

It's a Spoon, Not a Shovel

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by Caralyn Buehner, Mark Buehner
     
 

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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

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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 information on societal do's and don'ts." -- Publishers Weekly

Editorial Reviews

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.)
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!
School Library Journal
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140564273
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/1998
Series:
Picture Puffin Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.38(w) x 10.98(h) x 0.15(d)
Lexile:
380L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Caralyn and Mark Buehner are the husband-and-wife team behind the New York Times bestsellers Snowmen at Night and Snowmen at Christmas. They live in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Caralyn and Mark Buehner are the husband-and-wife team behind the New York Times bestsellers Snowmen at Night and Snowmen at Christmas. They live in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The husband-and-wife team behind the best-selling Snowmen at Night and Snowmen at Christmas, Carolyn and Mark Buehner are also the creators of the award-winning Fanny’s Dream. Upcoming collaborations include an original fairy tale about a lonely princess who decides to become a hairdresser. They live in Utah with their nine children.
The husband-and-wife team behind the best-selling Snowmen at Night and Snowmen at Christmas, Carolyn and Mark Buehner are also the creators of the award-winning Fanny’s Dream. Upcoming collaborations include an original fairy tale about a lonely princess who decides to become a hairdresser. They live in Utah with their nine children.

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It's a Spoon, Not a Shovel 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!