Terrible, Awful, Horrible Manners! (Little Boost Series)

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Peter takes pride in being rude and gross. He doesn't think manners are important at all. But when his family starts to use bad manners, Peter gets a reality check.
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Peter takes pride in being rude and gross. He doesn't think manners are important at all. But when his family starts to use bad manners, Peter gets a reality check.
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Children's Literature - Suzanne Javid
Meet a family of monkeys: a dad, a mom, a baby sister and, oh yes Pete, a boy with terrible, awful, horrible, very bad manners. He's even rude to his grandma. He loudly burps and he toots everywhere. He doesn't wash his hands, picks his nose, talks with his mouth full, and never uses polite words like "thank you", "please" or "you're welcome". Pete thinks his behavior is funny. It makes others look at him and he enjoys the extra attention. Finally, his family decides they have had enough and, at dinnertime, they begin acting just like Pete. Yes, they burp, toot, wipe their mouths with their sleeves, and talk with mouths full of dinner. Their actions work and Pete begins to realize that manners are important. A potty humor story focusing on a side of manners not usually discussed in children's books. Children through the early grades may respond with giggles and "yucky", "disgusting" and "gross". A book best read at home by families, although educators and librarians may mistakenly infer from the title that it is a book useful for classrooms. Part of the "Little Boost" series, this title is one of twelve designed to tackle early life lessons through stories. Other titles include Crabby Pants, The Little Bully, The Messy One, Too Shy for Show-and-Tell, You Get What You Get, Eleanore Won't Share, Hello Goodbye and a Very Little Lie, Lacey Walker Nonstop Talker, Lucille Gets Jealous, Maybe When I'm Bigger and Ruth's Pink Pajamas. Reviewer: Suzanne Javid
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781404874190
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2012
  • Series: Little Boost Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 373,072
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Beth Bracken's books have been translated into multiple languages, and her picture books have won the 2011 Creative Child Award; the 2012 Eric Hoffer Book Award Grand Prize; and the 2013 Mom's Choice Gold Award. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her husband, Steve, and their children. When she's not reading, writing, or editing books, Beth spends most of her time knitting endlessly while watching reruns of old TV shows and drinking lots of tea.
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  • Posted March 28, 2012

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    Pete has terrible, awful horrible manners. So horrible that even

    Pete has terrible, awful horrible manners. So horrible that even when everyone around him is disgusted, Pete thinks it’s funny.
    Until, Pete learned just how horrible his manners really are.

    Hott Review
    You know those kids? The ones who just don’t seem to know when to stop? The ones who think the more disgusting, the better? This is just for them!
    It’s an adorable way to remind them that manners are important. And if it doesn’t work, you could just try to do what Pete’s family did…

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  • Posted March 27, 2012

    Terrible, Awful, Horrible Manners! By Beth Bracken, Illustrated

    Terrible, Awful, Horrible Manners! By Beth Bracken, Illustrated by Richard Watson is a funny children’s story that features Pete a cute, grubby little monkey. Pete’s manners are less than desirable and he doesn’t mind at all but when the tables are turned and his family joins in on his impolite behavior will he realize the error of his way?
    This story is a cute, humorous attempt to teach children that using bad manners is not a good idea and great bridge to talking about manners. The illustrations were adorable. The book was a big hit at my house. I read it to my six year old daughter and she giggled the entire way through. My 11 year old son who was pretending not to listen to the “baby” story got a kick out of it as well. If you are fussy and do not like references of toots, boogers, and burps I would say skip this book otherwise get this hysterical book and perform the sound effects with pride. I feel would appeal to boys 5-8 but as I said my daughter enjoyed it also.

    I would recommend this book to others!

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  • Posted February 27, 2012

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    Root Tooting Fun

    Pete has terrible, awful, horrible manners. He burps and he toots, and he picks his nose. Mom and Dad are secretly horrified. Okay, maybe not that secretly, but Pete, he just doesn’t care. To him, good attention, bad attention, it’s all attention, and he loves attention. Pete talks with his mouth full, never saying “thank you,” “please,” or “you’re welcome.” He loves a good toot, especially when other people are around. To Pete, it is nothing but good clean fun. Dinner is the best time to give everyone he loves a show. He burps, he toots, he picks his nose, and food flies out of his mouth until mom and dad finally have had enough of Pete’s terrible, awful, horrible manners.

    LOVE this book. Rotten manners have never been so funny for the younger set. Pete is, dare I say, a cute monkey who has the most delightful expressions when he toots. The illustration of Pete with his mouth full cracked me up—and I hate it when someone talks with her mouth full. The best part of the story is when Pete’s parents finally decide to set Pete straight.

    I envy the kids who will have this read to them by their parents. The readers who act out what they read will have so much fun cracking up their kids. Terrible, Awful, Horrible Manners is one of those books kids will want to read over, and over, and over again, and again. No fear parents, this is one book you will enjoy reading over, and over, and over again, and again.

    Note: digit book received from netgalley, courtesy of Capstone.

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