The Do's and Don'ts

Children - Concept
38 Pages
Reviewed on 06/15/2013
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Author Biography

Multi-award-winning author, Hayley Rose, grew up in the beach side town of Pacific Palisades, California, to a family of visual artists. In 2002 she released her first children's book, "Fifo When I Grow Up", followed by the #1 best-seller, "Fifo 50 States" in 2010. In 2012 Hayley was selected as one of "The Top 50 Writers You Should Be Reading" by the Hayley is dedicated to writing fun, educational and inspiring books for children and adults. In 2013 she decided to branch out with a new series featuring a new set of characters, Zach, Chloe and Louis, the Manner Monster. Her new book, "The Do's and Don'ts" was released in September 2013.

Hayley is currently a member of the Society of Children s Book Writers and Illustrators, The Greater Los Angeles Writers Society, Independent Book Publishers Association and the Arizona Authors Association. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with her dog, Blanche.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite

“The Dos and Don’ts” by Hayley Rose is a vividly colorful book to help teach good manners to children. Each pair of pages feature a “Don’t be (or do) something”, followed by a “Do…” whatever the “well mannered” child should do. For example, the story begins with, “Don’t talk with your mouth full of food.” The next page admonishes, “Do wait until you have swallowed your bite to speak.” Similar pairings of the improper and the proper way of behaving in a number of situations make up the remainder of the book. On every page the word “Don’t” or “Do” is printed in a bright, contrasting colored font, to further help children remember the good manners from the bad. This book is impressively illustrated by Mark Sean Wilson, who has been illustrating children’s books for the past one decade, and is quite obviously very talented. Really, the best way to describe the copious use of color is to say the illustrations are sensational. There is not a kid alive who would not be drawn to the attractive artwork, and while they are looking at the pictures, you and the text are teaching them good manners!

This book, though not overly long (it is 48 pages) and is fairly comprehensive. I almost hate to admit it, but even I learned a few new manners while reading the book! And it has been a long time since anybody could call me a kid. It has also been a long time since I had any kids in the elementary grades, so I don’t know if good manners is a part of contemporary school curricula, but this book is a valuable tool that every parent should have in his/her child’s library. I recommend “The Dos and Don’ts” for every child from preschool on up to…, well, up to whenever they learn good manners!