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Are You Quite Polite? Hardcover – October 1, 2006
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Alan is also a writer-producer with extensive television credits. He is a five-time Emmy nominee for his writing for The Rosie O'Donnell Show, and he contributed songs and comedy material to shows and specials such as The 1999 and 2000 Grammy Awards, The 1998 and 2000 Tony Awards, ABC's A Rosie Christmas special, HBO's Kids Are Punny, Fergie, and ABC's Kids Are People Too. Alan has also created shows, developed concepts and produced pilots for TNN, VH1, and King World.
Alan also scripted episodes for animated shows including Taz-Mania, Goof Troop and Disney's Raw Toonage (Emmy nominee for Best Writing). Alan also created and wrote long running stage shows including Glued to the Tube and The Wheel of Fortune Live Tour, and he developed and wrote the Nickelodeon Studios Live Tour at Universal Studios in Orlando.
Alan has written print, television and radio advertising and promotional campaigns for a wide array of consumer products and entertainment properties, including Pepsi, McDonald's, Disney World, The Weather Channel, HBO, Showtime, WE tv, AMC Network and Sundance Channel.
Alan lives in Fairfield County, Connecticut with his wife and their four kids.
Top Customer Reviews
There's definitely some potty humor in here, which appeals to most kids. For example, the song about not putting your mouth on the water fountain finishes with "And stop drinking from the toilet by the way!" (That's a weird illustration too - the toilet has a fountain attachment? Is it like a bidet?) One about not picking your nose in public shows a boy picking his friends' noses - they're not too happy about this.
And they do make sure to spell out Just What Not To Do - some people are concerned that this encourages bad behavior in and of itself. I disagree. I find that my nieces understand that the examples are over the top and chosen to be funny, not as anything to emulate!
I don't object to this at all, I think it's hilarious, but if these things concern you should, as always, read the book before buying.
ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations were not as fun throughout the book as in past Silly Dilly books, but there are a few extra funny pictures.
REVIEW: It felt like Katz had run out of ideas in this book. The verses were not as clever and laugh out loud funny, but there are a few good ones. I had a hard time appreciating some of the verses because I either didn't know the song or because I had a difficult time maintaining the tune with different words inserted.
AGE RECOMMENDATION: As with most of Katz's work, I find the potty humor and grossness factor to be better geared to the older elementary age group of 8-12.
My preschooler loved it so much that she took it to school for show and tell. that said, preschool is too young for this book. better for elementary school as some of the manners issues where foreign to her.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book was in nice shape and I love the characters in the book. My daughter is a kindergarten teacher and read it to the kids and they loved it.Published 11 months ago by Karla Kryshak
These books are so much fun and I have given them as gifts. The songs are ones that might be familiar to most people and he puts new words to them that kids would enjoy.Published 19 months ago by Mercy Gulbransen
It's a cute book, but we didn't know the tune to a lot of songs and the songs were long and my son got bored.Published on January 25, 2013 by renee