Mind Your Manners! (Hardcover)

By Diane Goode

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 9780374349752, 32pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2005



Come not to the table without having read this book!

You Are Invited
To share a meal
Where: The Abbotts’ house
When: As soon as you open this book
But watch out – the Abbotts and their dogs have absolutely atrocious table manners. They speak with their mouths full, complain about the food they are serving, and argue in front of the company. The Abbotts also violate some more obscure table-manner taboos, such as smelling their meat and staring what’s on the plate of a dinner companion.
With rules lifted in the vernacular from an early-nineteenthcentury primer (the full text of the rules is appended), and uproarious pictures that do most of the storytelling, this is a lively and wonderful celebration of good manners.

Praise For Mind Your Manners!

“Witty.”  —The New York Times Book Review "Look carefully at every spread so as not to miss a crumb of this delicious humor."  -- Starred, Kirkus Reviews "The charming watercolors are...carefully researched, and the irony of proper 19th-century setting and dress coupled with bone gnawing and fish-head flinging adds to the humor."  -- School Library Journal  "Comic."  -- Booklist