Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf

Judy Sierra and J. Otto Seibold‘s Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf had the remarkable effect of teaching James to say “excuse me” when he burps.  (Well, maybe not every time… ) Booklist: “The Big Bad Wolf receives a lesson in manners in this hilariously fractured fairy tale that begins with a trip to the mailbox. While sorting through bills (including a rental fee for ‘sheep’s clothing’), B. B. Wolf finds an invitation to the local library’s storybook tea. Uncertain about attending, Wolf consults a crocodile friend, who points out the pros of the party (cookies) and the cons: ‘You’ll have to behave yourself.’ An etiquette book provides tips, and Wolf sets off on the big day, armed with a list of reminders (‘Sip your tea and never slurp. Say “Excuse Me” if you Burp’). Kids will delight in the ensuing slapstick humor and the references to familiar stories—party guests include Little Red Riding Hood and the Little Engine That Could.” (Also the Gingerbread Man who plays, as a cookie, a starring role.) “Seibold’s wild, computer-generated art is filled with jokes and details that will invite repeated viewings.” And which, I might add, are often funnier for grown ups than for kids — but even little kids will find themselves laughing, too. Giggle factor: high. Adult enjoyment: likely. Illustrations: four jelly jars.

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~ by kaychubbuck on March 4, 2011.

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