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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Manners and Me: An Easy-Peasy Guide for Kids and the Grown Ups Who Love Them is a social issues picture book for children written by Nancy Dorrier and illustrated by Ralph Voltz. Everybody needs a few tips on how to behave in certain circumstances, and kids especially may have a difficult time figuring out the right moves and things to say, particularly in new situations or meeting new people. In her entertaining and informative book, Dorrier goes through situations that can be trying for both kids and the adults they are interacting with: from the protocols around listening to someone tell you the same thing again to figuring out topics to bring up when spending time with a family friend or relative.
Being a kid means encountering the new and different nearly every single day, and Nancy Dorrier’s social issues picture book, Manners and Me, can help arm kids with the right thing to do or say in just about any social situation. I especially liked her concept of having three things to say about yourself when meeting someone new and then asking questions about them. What a great ice-breaker for a shy child who may feel tongue-tied and at a loss for words when meeting new people. Ralph Voltz’s illustrations are charming and a lot of fun, and they make this enlightening book even more entertaining. I loved the cartoon feeling of his drawings and the bright and cheery colors he uses for each panel. Dorrier and Voltz make learning about manners fun, and that’s a good thing. Manners and Me: An Easy-Peasy Guide for Kids and the Grown Ups Who Love Them is most highly recommended.