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The narrator of this book-an irrepressible youngster wearing a puffy pink skirt and purple cowboy boots-is a miniature Miss Manners brimming with perky goodness. Harriet wants readers to know all the ins and out of "please" (once is good, many times is "whining," and saying it while grabbing is "bossy") and "thank you" (it can never be said too many times, and adding a hug makes it even better . . . "like a double-dip ice cream cone, because it's twice as nice"). She delves into when to say "I'm sorry," "Excuse me," and "May I help you?" (saying the latter makes her "feel like Super Harriet"). When to talk and when not to talk is also covered, as are compliments. Joosse's effective use of speech bubbles in various fonts, in addition to the main text, makes for especially interesting and amusing reading. Plecas's ink-and-watercolor cartoons imbue the already spirited commentary with personality, dimension, and even more energy. Plenty of white space enhances the impact of the illustrations, which are quite detailed and use just the right color combinations. This slightly irreverent but heartfelt primer on manners is a great place to start a discussion on the topic.
—Catherine CallegariCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.