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Pass the Fritters, Critters Hardcover – April 30, 1993


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing; 1st ed edition (April 30, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0027179753
  • ISBN-13: 978-0027179750
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,734,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

If Miss Manners swallowed a rhyming dictionary, she might have produced this spirited seminar on lunchtime etiquette. A boy at table issues a series of requests--"Pass the cantaloupe, Antelope," "Pass the muffin, Puffin," etc.--but he is refused each time. Finally, an adult reminds him that there's a "magic word," which, of course, is "please." The banquet then begins, and the boy dispels all doubts about his courtesy with such pleasantries as "After you, Kangaroo." Roth's cut-paper collages, far more suggestive here than in Another Christmas , add to the zaniness with gay swaths of color and festive touches (the fritters of the title seem to have been cut out with pinking shears; a bunny and a bear are fringed to hint at their furriness; napkins and bibs come from checkerboard-print paper). Best of all is the presiding adult, so large that when she appears full-figure, you have to turn the book sideways--and you still can't see her head. Like the rest of these pictures, it shows enough to make the reader laugh and it leaves just enough to the imagination. Ages 3-5.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-K-- Bunny won't pass the honey, parrot won't pass the carrot, etc. In rhyming text, various critters refuse to pass the fritters until a mother asks for the secret word (please)--then spider passes the cider, etc. The cut-paper collage illustrations are bright and colorful, cleverly laid out, and effective in conveying the concept of manners. The message won't be lost on young readers because it's cloaked in a fun story. --Christine A. Moesch, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, NY
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pauline Lucia on April 14, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I work in a daycare where this book has become a favorite. We read it 2 & 3 times a day. My 3year old group knows it by heart and actually uses the manners taught in the book.
It's a must for adults and children alike.
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By Elderghod on October 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
While I agree with the ideas presented in this book, in particular the use of good manners, I feel the formatting and unattractive artwork ruin the story for both me and my children. My son (16 mo) had no idea what the story was about and was very confused about what the various animals were, while he can easily identify the same animals in photographs or other picture books. (Always thankful for Richard Scarry.) My 4 year old daughter could identify the animals and food and was able to repeat most of the story back to me, but obviously had difficulty with the formatting of the book - a question is asked on one page and the answer and next question appear on the next page. Along with the jumbled mix of imagery, this confused her and irritated me.

To each their own... I'm sure there are plenty of fans out there who this book speaks to. For us, it feels like there are so many good quality children's books to read that this felt like a waste of time.
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By A Customer on August 20, 1999
Format: Hardcover
My son is only 13 months old, but really enjoys this book! He really pays attention because of the eye-grabbing colors! The rhythm & rhyme is really catchy too!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. L. Perry on November 25, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I have two copies of this book--the one I ordered from Amazon for over $10 and one I ordered on ebay for $1. The one I ordered from the Amazon seller appears to be photocopied. The pictures are in black and white and the pages are cut short. The only color is on the cover. The book I ordered from ebay is obviously an original publication. Don't buy this book from the Amazon seller unless you want to get a cheap copy for a high price.
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