ARE YOU GOING TO BE GOOD? by Cari Best

ARE YOU GOING TO BE GOOD?

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Age Range: 2 - 4
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A silly tale about manners gets exuberant pictures to match. Robert goes to a late-night party for Great-Gran Sadie. In the car they practice “Please” and “Thank you” and “Excuse me.” During the party, Robert tastes foods and puts back the ones he dislikes, prompting a “Don’t do that” from Daddy. Henceforth, “Don’t do that” is the running commentary on all of Robert’s activities. Chastised for everything from spitting out drinks to shining shoes under the dinner table, Robert finds the party disappointing—until it’s time to dance. His wiggling, quaking dance style evokes a “Don’t do that” from everyone in the room—except Great-Gran Sadie, who cheers “DO THAT AGAIN!” His night is made and they dance together. It’s always fun to see a child break away from stultifying rules and this one does it with charmingly child-like style. Karas’s drawings are full of spirit, just like Robert and Great-Gran Sadie. (Picture book. 2-4)

Pub Date: Sept. 8th, 2005
ISBN: 0-374-30394-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Melanie Kroupa/Farrar, Straus & Giroux
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2005




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