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Are You Quite Polite?: Silly Dilly Manners Songs    by Alan Katz & David Catrow order for
Are You Quite Polite?
by Alan Katz
Order:  USA  Can
Margaret K. McElderry, 2006 (2006)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Alan Katz's offerings - from Drinkin' at the Fountain to Rules, Rules, Rules and The Late Song - are indeed silly dilly, while David Catrow's illustrations reinforce the zany humor in this subversive guide to manners. To convey the rhythms, well known tunes, like Take Me Out to the Ball Game (for Don't Chew Gum in the Classroom), are suggested for each song.

As a parent of messy sons, I enjoyed Try Being Neat (ironically to the tune of America the Beautiful), and including: 'Check your backpack / For last week's snack / It's prob'ly hiding there / Don't touch it, though / Because you know / Pudding should not have hair!' (Oddly enough, David Catrow's drawing of a messy room looks exactly like one upstairs!) Another favorite of mine is Don't Talk with Beans in Your Mouth - but read the book and chortle over your own choices.

Kids will love children's funny portrayal in Are You Quite Polite? : Silly Dilly Manners Songs, but just might learn from it to be a smidgeon more considerate of those around them.

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