From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2-This delightful book reinforces polite behavior by showing what not to do. Brightly colored animal friends come to Penguin's house for dinner. They have terrible table manners, and the playful text asks young listeners to consider their conduct. For instance, "When it's time for a bear to eat, she should grab her spoon and throw it across the room.… Is that right? No, that's wrong.… she should use her spoon to taste her honey." Penguin always steers his guests in the right direction, and the silliness of the characters' antics will appeal to children. The pen-and-ink and crayon drawings are crisp and clear, and show lots of action. Perfect for storytime, this offering will also be a favorite with parents, proving that learning manners can be fun.-Janet M. Bair, Trumbull Library, CT
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PreS-K. This jovial guide to manners may not tame wild young beasts, but it will have preschoolers giggling to see bears throwing spoons, chimps grabbing, and giraffes burping at Penguin's house. Cuyler introduces basic party etiquette in a question-and-answer format: "When a hippo sits down for dinner, she should put her napkin on her head. HOW PRETTY! Is that right?" By the time the page is turned, the hippo is back on track: "No, that's wrong. When a hippo sits down for dinner, she should lay her napkin on her lap. THAT'S BETTER!" Poor Penguin, complete with a small, white bowtie for extra primness, must witness further behavioral atrocities, but by the conclusion the newly enlightened menagerie is merrily on its way--with a thank-you and a come back soon. Hillenbrand's simple, comical illustrations harness the messy chaos (and flying food) of childhood with bold black lines and plenty of good humor. Karin SnelsonCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved