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Reviewed by Ann Linus for Readers' Favorite
Book of Bad Manners by Laura Teste is a book of the best bad manners you can imagine! Mom drops Jazz and her older brother off at Uncle Mark’s for dinner, leaving them with a reminder to use good manners. She also wants a full report on how they behave. Midway into the meal, there is trouble in the air. Jazz stands on the table and calls Uncle Mark out for resting his elbows on the table. Of course, standing on the table is also bad manners. Uncle Mark, a "mischiefer," tells Jazz that some bad manners are fun, and so the bad manners parade began. Uncle Mark and Jazz take turns displaying the most outrageous bad manners. Uncle Mark slurps and Jazz sticks her tongue in the air, and both recite the alphabet with their mouths full—spraying food bits everywhere. This duo has countless bad manners up their sleeves, but Jazz’s brother is taking notes for Mom. Will he eventually join this parade? How does the night turn out?
I can confidently promise that you cannot imagine all the bad manners displayed by the characters in this short book. No, the intention is not to promote bad manners; rather, Book of Bad Manners brings the reader’s attention to certain unpleasant manners and their consequences. Jazz’s brother is the narrator of this story, written in a poetic form with vividly descriptive words and impressive end rhymes. Interestingly, Jazz’s brother does not have a name. I must mention the beautiful and colorful illustrations that gave life to the story and characters. In addition to its other commendable features, the plot was simply ingenious. I enjoyed this story greatly and recommend Book of Bad Manners by Laura Teste to all young readers.