PreS-Gr 1-This reverse etiquette book advises readers to never smile or share; to be a bully and whine; to tattle and be a poor sport. Each ``rule'' offers specific examples and is illustrated with brightly colored pictures. While children are always interested in stories showing the complications and potential pitfalls of social interactions, this plotless treatment is not likely to hold much appeal for them. Also, it's unfortunate that ``tattling'' is presented as undesirable. Granted, the examples given are minor ones involving friends who are misbehaving in not terribly destructive ways, but youngsters do need to know that there are situations in which ``telling'' is perfectly acceptable. Carlson's cartoon-style art is a little more crudely done here than in her previous books, and her figures are more angular, as they ``Push in front of the lunch line'' or ``Cheat at cards.''-Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
Carlson's set of "simple instructions" is a send-up of adult self-help books and collections of genteel counsel aimed at children. The artwork and the advice she gathers refer to common home and school behaviors children know about and are told to avoid: "If you are eating cookies, hide them when your friends come over." Pushing in the lunch line, whining, tattling, and sibling teasing are illustrated with zippy pictures that strongly contrast having fun and being mean.