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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; 1st edition (October 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076361453X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763614539
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 10.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #713,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

"Dudunya, if I may say so, you look like a pig." Dudunya replies, with what looks like a piece of prosciutto and a wet string bean atop his forehead, "Chester, dear, please excuse me." And so begins one of the most strangely informative dialogues you'll likely ever hear on the topic of table manners, subtitled "The edifying story of two friends whose discovery of good manners promises them a glorious future."

Chester and Dudunya's alter egos, Chris Raschka (Yo? Yes!) and Vladimir Radunsky (Yucka Drucka Droni), are--almost certainly--insane. But it's that really good sort of insane, the kind that sees through to life's deeper secrets, like the "16-Bite Potato-Eating Method" and the proper way to fold a napkin for the queen ("Only the Queen may wear her napkin as a crown!").

As Chester guides Dudunya through the mechanics of the mange ("Drinking without a glass... zebra style... ugly," "Dining without a napkin... wild boar style... filthy ugly"), Raschka and Radunsky's punchy illustrations and collages make sure that any actual learning going on doesn't interfere with the fun. And in a book filled with so many hilarious little details, you'll probably need to read it at least a few times to properly appreciate them all--except, of course, the "Shawarma Uncle" on "Chester's Chart of Full-Mouthed Speaking Accidents," which is pretty much impossible to pass by without laughing out loud. But then again, you'll probably want to study Table Manners carefully anyway, just so you, too, can be ensured of "a glorious future." (Ages 4 to 8) Paul Hughes

From Publishers Weekly

This ever-so-cultivated manual, decorated with elegant script lettering, tablecloth gingham and snow-white doilies, praises courtesy while giving counterexamples of gauche conduct. The authors dispense the calls to etiquette in a stuffy style, ideally read with a clenched jaw ("Good Lord! The Queen is coming for breakfast! How will you fold the napkins?"), and a subtitle pledges to tell "the edifying story of two friends whose discovery of good manners promises them a glorious future." The companions are Chester, a "Virtuoso Eater" with a smooth blue jellybean of a head, and his untidy sidekick Dudunya, first pictured with a greasy green bean stuck to his bald pate. Dudunya asks plaintive questions ("But Chester, why a fork and knife?"), and Chester is glad to set a fine example. Brash, eye-jolting spreads track the conversation in an array of sharp colors and graphic typefaces; mock-helpful diagrams remind young barbarians to chew ("Chester's Chart of Full-Mouthed Speaking Accidents" displays a "glazed sister" and "cousin in cream sauce"), adding advice, with all the weighty importance of a family heirloom, never to speak with your mouth full ("This I learned from my father's father's father. One day you will pass this on to your children's children's children," says Chester). Readers also learn to say "please" and "thank you" in any of six languages. In a multiple-choice quiz about children's restaurant conduct, keeping one's seat always seems the "right" answer, but many desirable options e.g., chasing the waiter are in evidence. Typically, Raschka's (A Poke in the I) lissome brush strokes revel in free-spiritedness, and Radunsky's (Howdi Do) crazy-quilt collages and casual swats of paint lack even a trace of fussiness; together, these two are anything but uptight. Not surprisingly, this witty handbook dispenses the rules along with suggestions for breaking them. Ages 4-8.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.


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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Roz Levine on December 8, 2001
Format: Hardcover
For all parents who sit at mealtime giving directives, shaking their heads, and sighing as they watch their children chow down, there is finally a book about table manners kids will just eat up. Chris Raschka and Vladimir Radunsky have provided the logical reasons in word and art, for all those things you've been telling your kids for years...please chew with your mouth closed, don't play with your food, use your napkin, wash your hands before you come to the table, no dessert until you eat your vegetables... Written in hip, kid-speak language, their hilarious text is complemented by bold, bright and expressive artwork that will have readers laughing out loud and rolling in the aisles. Perfect for kids 4-8, Table Manners is a high spirited, manic romp through the ins and outs of basic eating skills, and youngsters will have such a good time poring over this busy book, they may not even realize there are subtle messages and simple lessons behind all the fun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Gee on May 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
My 4 and 5 years giggle non-stop when I read the quiz and they pick the most absurd option for the kid's manners at the restaurant. My kids understand what is nonsense and what is good manners.....what a FUN way to present this!!! My 5 year old loved the book so much he insisted we give it to his preschool for their library. What is more fun is to extend the silliness to actual learning of good manners at the table. It is certainly more fun to laugh as you correct your kids manners than to be sour and strict.
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By high heel 'ho on May 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
this book is the 'it' book in my house. gorgeous and inventive use of images and wacky, wacky text that doesnt follow a traditional narrative but mixes genres for kids and is fun = the table manners part is almost just an excuse to have fun with words and different types of text (chitchat, lists, quiz, every page is a new thing). maybe this sounds convoluted and confused but it all makes sense to a kid- i thought my 4 year old was not going to 'get it' but i was so wrong

she doesnt read but has the entire thing memorized because ... its almost as if it were written by a child, in the sense that the writer and illustrator know instinctively what a child likes to read about-yet the dialogue is not dumbed down at all, there are words and situations that are not so easy to understand but the whole thing is so engaging and FUN that we learned.

i have never met these authors -just in case this sounds like a plug for a friend. i just think the book is fantastic and hope they collaborate again!! we love you chester and dudunya!!
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When it comes to subject of table manners, you can hear thousands of parents letting out a bitter sigh. It's no fun to each your kids to eat right, much less to do it with grace and elegance. Giving instructions endlessly and correcting tirelessly only works for so long, quickly turning into pickle-sour experience. It becomes a chore and no one likes it.
Another story is to read this book - it's very funny on so many levels. It gives silly answers to silly questions, it gives fine examples of bad table manners, it sneaks up on you with a multiple choice quiz, dazzles you with crazy and over the top illustrations, and in the meantime it teaches your kid all the right stuff without you breaking a sweat. It's a great fun to read together, and has too many fun details to become boring after many many comebacks.
I definitely recommend this book, not only because of its educational value, but because it's ultimately fun and is a fine work of bookmaking art.
To some of the people commenting before me, I can only say - not every book for children should have square morals, and be highly educational.
The art of being silly and nurturing your inner child is just as important as the art of manipulating your fork and knife. But it offers you more - it may easily add a few fun years to your life span... :)
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