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Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf

by Judy Sierra

Hardcover, 40 pages

Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers (2007-08-14)

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Amazon Description

BIG BAD WOLF, now old and residing in the Villain Villa Senior Center, is invited to a tea by a children's librarian. His best friend, a toothsome crocodile, warns him that he will have to mind his manners. B. B. Wolf makes up a song: "Sip your tea and never slurp, say 'excuse me' if you burp. Smile and have a lot of fun, but don't go biting anyone." He remembers to say "please" and "thank you" and he gives a nervous Red Ridinghood, Three Little Pigs, and Gingerbread Boy his biggest smile ever, but when his stomach starts to gurgle, he gets a little mixed-up about what to do when you burp. This hilarious read-aloud story is a gentle reminder for children still learning their manners.

One Potato Review

This isn’t so much a book about manners as self-control, and poor B.B. Wolf has our sympathies from the beginning. He may be living in a retirement home, but he’s hardly at peace, and seems genuinely committed to setting the record straight. Because everybody has impulses, right? There’s a lot of really funny stuff going on in the margins here: Frankenstein reading Variety magazine, a bill in the mail for sheep’s clothing, a host of celebrity cameos - is that Humpty Dumpty? Elmer the Elephant? Look! The Little Engine That Could! Burping isn’t really the problem in the end; cookies are. Because that Gingerbread Boy was always kind of asking for it, wasn’t he? 

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