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It's a Spoon, Not a Shovel Hardcover – June 1, 1995
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When a crocodile is eating an armadillo, should she put her napkin (a) on her head, (b) in her ear, or (c) on her lap? If you can't figure out the answer to this silly etiquette quiz, peer into the color-rich full-page illustration, where you'll find the subtly hidden letter c. Each page of this delightful book poses one or two quiz questions, designed to test whether your child's manners are monstrous or marvelous. When Mother Cobra is busy talking to Mrs. Python, for example, how should Cory Cobra get her attention? Should he (a) hiss, (b) eat a rabbit, or (c) wait quietly? No doubt your child will answer "Hiss" and then erupt into giggles, but will know that (sigh) "Wait quietly" is probably the real answer. Caralyn and Mark Buehner--creators of A Job for Wittilda and The Escape of Marvin the Ape--have succeeded again with this lighthearted alternative to the usual persistent parental nudging. (Ages 4 to 8)
From Publishers Weekly
Part Emily Post and part I Spy game, this humorous guide to basic etiquette painlessly provides plenty of solid information on societal do's and don'ts. One page of each spread contains a brief scenario followed by one or two multiple-choice quizzes, opposite which a quirky animal cast depicts the action described. With her playful use of language and suitably silly set-ups ("Gazing into her sweetheart's eyes while eating an armadillo, Miss Crocodila Jones doesn't notice that she is sitting on her napkin"), Caralyn Buehner (A Job for Wittilda) makes her text both comical and educational-(Crocodila's napkin-placement options, for example, are "a. On her head. b. In her ear. c. On her lap"). Mark Buehner's (The Adventures of Taxi Dog) lush palette and deft use of light and shadow characterize his paintings, many of which feature unusual perspectives and fetching closeups. In a clever challenge for readers, the letters corresponding to the correct quiz answers are hidden in the accompanying pictures. Numerous other seek-and-find possibilities will surely tickle junior sleuths while turning them into the very models of modern manners. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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The book was in great shape, a little worn but in a clean, classic-feeling way. Everything was intact. Thanks for the addition to his library