Whoopi's Big Book of Manners

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Our beloved pigeon knows when it’s time to say please -- Queen of Comedy Whoopi Goldberg does too! In her enthusiastically irreverent style, Whoopi schools kids on a bevy of oh-so-important manners like...courtesy words, cleaning up after oneself, covering one’s mouth, knocking, how (and how not) to interrupt, apologizing, table manners, cell phone use, rudeness at the movies, how to be a good sport, respectful things to do when visiting another country, and the ...
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Overview

Our beloved pigeon knows when it’s time to say please -- Queen of Comedy Whoopi Goldberg does too! In her enthusiastically irreverent style, Whoopi schools kids on a bevy of oh-so-important manners like...courtesy words, cleaning up after oneself, covering one’s mouth, knocking, how (and how not) to interrupt, apologizing, table manners, cell phone use, rudeness at the movies, how to be a good sport, respectful things to do when visiting another country, and the all-too-crucial... When and when not to stick anything up one’s nose!

It’s an intoxicating dose of etiquette for kids, laced with Whoopi’s hysterical how-tos and Olo’s energetic illustrations.

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For many kids, good manners are just another foreign language. For Caryn Elaine Johnson, they were reason for her first major career decision: Searching for a career name, she first chose "Whoopi Cushion," but her mother convinced her that was in bad taste. Since then, the world's most famous Whoopi has been entertaining people of all ages. In Whoopi's Big Book of Manners, she introduces kids to the fine art of behaving in public. She touches all the bases: apologizing, cleaning up after yourself, cell phone use, rudeness at the movies, courtesy in conversations, and table manners. Just as important, she emphasizes the reasons for these dos and don'ts. An entertaining guide to growing up.
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Amusingly and expectedly lacking subtlety, this comedic actress's take on what constitutes good manners will tickle youngsters' fancy, even if it imparts little advice they haven't already heard. Goldberg begins with a bang: "Nobody wants to see your finger in your nose," while Polish artist Olo depicts a boy at the back of a bus, just as he's about to do the deed, observed by a host of passengers. (The final spread reveals the boy in the act with a flip of a flap behind a gate bearing a "Keep Out" sign and the suggestion that "Maybe, if you are alone... But don't let anyone see!") The second spread reads, "But before we get to that," as the author lays out the magic words (e.g., please, thank you, excuse me, etc.). Her glib and garrulous guidance includes directives to clean up after yourself, not to interrupt and to say you're sorry if you did something wrong. She also offers lighthearted though valid etiquette tips at the dinner table, at the movies and while talking on a cellular phone. Goldberg fans will recognize her voice, as she wryly slips in some counsel for grown-ups ("Don't yell at the coach because you think little Magilla is not getting enough playing time or you think you can do a better job"). Olo's electric-hued, multi-media illustrations keep these conscientious, often comedic tips in check, playing up the humor with hyperbole. Ages 4-up. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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K-Gr 3-Goldberg reminds readers of common polite phrases to use, such as "please" and "thank you." She then moves on to circumstances children will recognize: interrupting, forgetting to clean up after yourself, and not saying you're sorry. The author outlines good manners for different situations: table, movies and theater, sports, elevator, etc. One spread addresses being a poor sport and gives six rules for kids on one side and one for adults on the other: don't yell at your child's coach. "If you're a poor sport, your kid will be too." The text is informal and humorous: "Don't think Serena Williams would be happy...or Tiger Woods would not roar...if he heard your cell phone ring." The mixed-media cartoons, which include animals, people, and other assorted creatures, keep the mood light as well.-Marilyn Ackerman, Brooklyn Public Library, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786852956
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.25 (w) x 10.37 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg is the premier comedic actress of our day and a New York Times best-selling author. She has won a Tony, an Emmy, an Oscar, and a Grammy, as well as two Golden Globes. In 2001 she was awarded the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Whoopi Goldberg has appeared in many movies, and is a host on ABC's The View.

Alexander "Olo" Sroczynski was born in Poznan,Poland. He studied graphics and film illustration at the Cracow Academy of Fine Arts and went on to study animation and experimental film direction at the Graduate Film School in Lodz. Olo has won awards for his animated short films, and his drawings have been published in Connoisseur; The New York Times; European Travel & People; and in many other publications internationally. Olo lives in New York City.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2007

    Manners and humor - a great combo!!!!

    Unlike many books that teach manners in a strict and abrasive way, this book uses humor and funny pictures to teach them. I like Whoopi Goldberg and this book reflects her immense talent and way with words - and of course, humor!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2010

    Teaching Tool for grandkids

    Wonderful to experience with my 4 and 6 year old grandchildren! We've had many good sharing times because of reading this book together. Highly recommend it for all grandmothers (and grandfathers, too!)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2007

    We need more books to teach social toics

    As author of Kids from Critter Cove a book that teaches kids not to make assumptions about those who are different, I am glad to see books like this one on the market.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2007

    Whoopi Goldberg is intelligent, pleasant, and funny

    Whoppi Goldberg is an articulate speaker as well as a comedian. She played her part well as a different, but absolutely Christian in behavior 'nun' in 'Sister Act.' I'm certain that Whoopi's etiquette book is appropriate and outstanding. I intend to purchase it for my granddaughter.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2007

    whoopi and manners??

    With all the crude humor and bad language she has displayed in her 'acts' do you really think she is the kind of 'author' that should be trying to set an example??

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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