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Do's and Don'ts Board book – September 8, 2004


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Product Details

  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Board book: 24 pages
  • Publisher: LB Kids; BRDBK edition (September 8, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316908088
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316908085
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Todd Parr likes to keep things simple. In his world, there isn't much gray area between good and bad... and in his small, square books, blazing with primary colors and positive "it's okay to be you" reinforcement, there is no gray at all! Do's and Don'ts could be called an etiquette primer--sort of. "Do change your socks every day," he tells us. "Don't make anyone smell them," he adds. "Do have lunch with a monkey," but "don't eat his bananas." "Do brush your teeth after every meal," but "don't brush with peanut butter." You get the idea. With all of the titles in this series--Things That Make You Feel Good, Things That Make You Feel Bad, This Is My Hair, and The Okay Book--young children will no doubt giggle at Parr's childlike, funny illustrations of various slapstick scenarios as well as his references to smelly feet, food in the hair, chocolate-covered bugs, worm stew, and the like. Sometimes all you need is a little silliness, and these bold, colorful books fit the bill. (Baby to preschool) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1-A set of clever, small-sized offerings illustrated with boldly outlined minimalist drawings done in primary colors. The round, stick-figure characters are presented with green faces, yellow faces, blue hair, and green hair, and are often amusingly out of proportion. Do's and Don'ts is a balanced selection of the advisable and the ludicrous. "Do help keep the house clean/Don't vacuum up the cat." Alternating silly and serious suggestions makes the sensible advice palatable for kids. The Okay Book is a refreshingly agenda-free affirmation of individuality. "It's okay to wear two different socks...It's okay to wear glasses...It's okay to eat all the frosting off your birthday cake." Things That Make You Feel... gently reminds readers of the balance in their lives, "Good chicken soup/Bad chicken pox." This Is My Hair is straightforward and humorous: "This is my Hair in pigtails/This is my Hair with spaghetti and meatballs in it." A short, but appropriate message from the author at the end of the book states, "No matter how your hair looks, always feel good about yourself." All four titles offer reassuring and kindhearted lessons.
Christy Norris Blanchette, Valley Cottage Library, NY
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The illustrations are all in bold, primary colors the kids love.
B. Veit
This has been one of my son's favorite books since he was about 8 months old.
Gina M. Wells
He loves to "read" it to grownups and laughs out loud every time!
K. Byrne

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Trish Draper on June 9, 2001
Format: Board book
As a kindergarten-first grade teacher, I love Todd Parr's books! They all have simple easy to read text and always have a laugh on every page! My class loved the page that said "Don't kiss a cootie bug!" We even created out own class book, based on Todd Parr's story. Each child wrote their own page of a do and a don't! Great Fun! I would highly reccommend all of Todd Parr's books!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 11, 1999
Format: Board book
This books provides a series of 'laugh out loud' things kids should or shouldn't do. Underneath the actions, though, are important activities for kids like brushing their teeth and cleaning the house. We especially like the page that says "Do Brush Your Teeth...Don't Brush with Peanut Butter." This book is our son's favorite.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Henson on July 30, 2013
Format: Board book
My mother gave us a collection of Todd Parr books for my son's second birthday. They're really not our style, I get kind of upset by them. I prepared photos of the logically inconsistent message between different volumes, but it appears Amazon will not let me add a customer image to this review. Do's and Don'ts (not a fan of that punctuation) says "Don't put food in your hair" but The Okay Book says "It's okay to put a fish in your hair". It's Okay Book says it's okay to wear what you like, but Do's and Don'ts shows that if you wear your dad's pajamas to school a pair of girls will laugh at you. Oh well, it's just a child's book, but it's not a set I would have chosen myself.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Veit on April 15, 2005
Format: Board book
Our family has had this book for over two years now, it's a bit tattered, but has held up well considering it's really a favorite. The illustrations are all in bold, primary colors the kids love. The text is really, really funny and will hold their attention easily through multiple readings at a sitting. My daughter's favorite thing to do is lean forward and kiss the "cootie bug" that the author instructs children not to! We have A LOT of books at our house, and this one is probably the most frequently read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Byrne on August 9, 2005
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Do's and Don'ts is a simply worded board book that gives kids funny suggestions on how to live life. "Do smile at people, don't stick your tongue out at them." My five year old son sometimes feels bad that he can't read like his older sister. This book makes him feel like he can with simple words and cute, simple illustrations. He loves to "read" it to grownups and laughs out loud every time!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carlin on November 24, 2000
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I adore all of the Todd Parr books! They might seem a bit silly to some people, at first, but they truly grow on you. And as a youth services library clerk, I can definitely vouch for the fact that kids LOVE these books, too! I use them for storytimes and recieve non-stop laughter. They are simple, hilarious, and impart sweet, zany wisdom...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 16, 2000
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Todd Parr's Do's and Dont's is a delightful read and even better when the experience is shared with a child. Do read this book. Don't eat the pages!
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A board book for tiny Todd Parr fans that has become a favorite for my toddler nephew. It's also frequently borrowed by his 4.5 year old sister. As with other Parr volumes this one is colorfully illustrated. As always the words he choose resonate uncannily with little ones. (How does he know that "underwear" is an inherently funny kids' word? Or that the idea of brushing teeth with peanut butter would be such a howl?) There's always something to learn in the Parr books and this one is no different. It reinforces the concepts of right and wrong behavior without ever preaching and -- best of all -- encourages kids to look to books for fun.
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More About the Author

Todd Parr is the author and illustrator of more than thirty books for children, including the New York Times bestselling The I Love You Book, The Earth Book, and The Thankful Book. His books are available in over fifteen languages throughout the world. He is the co-creator of the popular children's television show ToddWorld. Todd grew up in Rock Springs, Wyoming. Iodd's books have won several awards and his TV show, ToddWorld, was nominated for three Daytime Emmy® awards. Todd lives in Berkeley, California with his family Pete, Tater Tot and Jerry.

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