THANKS A LOT, EMILY POST! by Jennifer LaRue Huget

THANKS A LOT, EMILY POST!

Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Everything was fine and dandy until Mother brought home that pesky Emily Post book. Then, all of a sudden, there were many rules to follow. Too many, in fact. Don’t slump in your chair. Don’t talk with your mouth full. Don’t shout. How could anyone possibly follow them all? Huget’s picture-book debut is a rollicking introduction to Post’s guide to good (and bad) behavior. Mrs. Toplofty, Mr. Kindhart, Mrs. Wellborn and Mrs. Worldly, imaginary characters from Post’s 1922 etiquette book, populate this story as well, peering over the children’s shoulders with stern looks and wagging fingers. The kids are desperate to put an end to all these manners—but Mother certainly is not. Until, that is, they insist that she follow them as well. Boiger’s animated watercolors include sweeping brushstrokes and bouncing curves—an effective representation of the children’s growing frustration and boundless energy. Bits and bobs of Post’s rules—and even a few anecdotes from her life—dot the lively text, but her cultural significance isn’t fully explained until the end note. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 22nd, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-375-83853-8
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade/Random
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2009




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