Monday, March 17, 2014

The Do’s and Don’ts

The Do’s and Don’ts is a whimsical lesson book aimed at teaching young readers the difference between good and bad behavior/etiquette. In the book Zack and Chloe go from being manner monsters to well-behaved children as they provide samples of typical scenarios that not only young children encounter but can relate to. For example, Zack becomes a Manner Monster when he loses a game, kicking and pouting like a poor sport. In contract, good behavior is then modeled depicting Zack congratulating the winning team. Unlike other etiquette books for children that tell a story or just communicate positive behavior, The Do’s and Don’ts compares and contrasts between good and bad behavior. Simply, yet colorfully displayed, are examples of inappropriate behavior and decisions young children may display followed by behavior and decisions that are more socially accepted. Each compare and contrast anecdote is set in the same scene so that young readers can instantly see the differences between good and poor behavior.

~My Impressions~
As a mother of 3 I am constantly teaching my kids about manners. Hayley Rose did a wonderful job differentiating between good and bad manners. The kids adored that the "monster" did all the bad things while the "real" kids did all the good things. As we were reading this book it opened the door for some great discussions with my youngest son (7) about when and how he chooses good manners unlike the monsters that pick the bad habits. The book is filled with beautifully done illustrations that help the message the author is trying to convey and keep the kids engaged in the story. The book came with a glossy book marker advertising other books by the author that my daughter quickly claimed as hers. The hard cover and thick, sturdy pages and big bold colorful words makes this a great buy for the younger kids. I can easily recommend this book for anyone with kids from 4 to early elementary years. 

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About the Author:

Multi-award-winning author Hayley Rose released her first children’s book, Fifo When I Grow Up, about a six-year-old bear starting school in 2002, followed by the wildly popular geography book and #1 best-seller, Fifo 50 States, published in 2010. In 2012, Hayley was selected as one of “The Top 50 Writers You Should Be Reading” by In 2013, she branched out with a new series featuring a new set of characters, Zach and Chloe the Louis the manner monster. Her new book, The Do’s and Don’ts, was released in September 2013 and has already garnered four literary awards, including the Readers’ Favorite, USA Best Books and the prestigious Mom’s Choice Awards, bringing her career total to twenty-one. The follow up book in the new series, Today I Feel Emotion, will be released in the spring of 2014.
Hayley Lives in Scottsdale, AZ, with her dog Blanche.
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About the Illustrator
Mark Sean Wilson has been illustrating children’s books along with the wildly popular “How I Spent my Summer Invasion,” comic book series, for the past ten years. From the early days when he picked up a peanuts book by Charles Schultz, to his teenage days when he would read endless Mad Magazines, he knew illustrating was his calling.  Mark graduated from his school of Arts in tiny Platt college out of Eaglerock, CA. at the top of his class and received the Alpha Beta Kappa National Honor society award in 2002. Since then he has been on a mission to take the children’s book world by storm. Mark is the proud father of six-year-old Hayden, and lives in Southern California.

Disclaimer:I received a free copy of this book via in exchange for my honest opinion and review. 
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