Monday, May 5, 2014

The Do's and Dont's Children's Book Review

Title: The Do’s and Don’ts
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Author: Hayley Rose
Publisher: Inkwell Productions Inc.
Pages: 46
Language: English
Format: Hardcover

I have a really cute and fun book to share with you for children and their manners called The Do's and Dont's written by Hayley Rose.
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 Thoughts:

You will love giving this book to any child who may not have the best of manners or even if they do, it's a good reminder of what's right and what's wrong. But, the beauty of this book is that it's in cartoon characters and then there is the "monster" who they show as having bad manners, so that they get to see it up close and personal but in a fun way that isn't like scolding them.
I have learned that if you want to get somewhere with younger children, it has to seem like it's their idea and that it is fun and cool to do whatever it is you are trying to get them to do. Yelling and screaming does nothing but cause them to dig their heels in deeper and longer. It's worth a shot anyway. 
The pictures in this book are so silly that they are funny and cute at the same time. They show you the wrong way first with the "monster" and then the right way with a child as the one doing the good manners. 
Happy Reading!
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.
Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.