Like the title verse, the rhymes in this picture book about manners have fun with names and with nonsense, like the sneeze from Louise that is so loud that it knocks down the walls: �Gone is your fence. / Gone is your gate. / Your roof has been found in a neighboring state.� The clear, bright digital pictures extend the farce in familiar commands, such as �clean your room� and �what will happen to you if you talk while you chew.� Food, both yucky and yummy, is a common theme, and there are many slapstick etiquette reminders: keep your elbows off the table���and your other joints, also, please.� In one somewhat incongrous scene, a boy drops his clothes and strolls down the street, upsetting the neighbors (in the pictures, he covers up with a book.). The last verse adds a sweet touch that reminds kids that manners are not just superficial gestures: �Feel good. Feel glad. Feel proud. Feel right. / And the secret to that is to just be polite.� Preschool-Grade 2. --Hazel Rochman
About the Author
is the author of Clorinda,
illustrated by Steven Kellogg, which was an IRA Children's Book Award Notable Book, and about which Booklist said in a starred review, "Much applause for Clorinda."
Mr. Kinerk grew up in Alaska and has worked as a journalist and playwright. He now lives with his wife, Anne, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.Drazen Kozjan
is an illustrator and animator. He helped to develop, design, and storyboard numerous successful cartoons including The Neverending Story
, Rupert the Bear
, Franklin the Turtle
, and George Shrinks
, among many others.
He is also the illustrator of Diary of A Fairy Godmother
by Esme Raji Codell and the Julia Gillian series by Alison McGhee. Visit him online at http://www.drazenkozjan.com/