Children’s Book Review: Manners are Not for Monkeys by Heather Tekavec

cover83282-mediumWhat a weird book!

I can’t tell what the message is supposed to be! “Have good manners or you’ll be locked up in a cage”?

The art was cute and funny, especially when the monkeys started acting like well-behaved children.

But I couldn’t tell if there was a message – I thought there would be, since the book was about manners.

But when kids “roar like lions”, “splash like elephants“, and “slop their food like wild boars”, they get locked in the cage and their moms and dads want to take the monkeys home.

But – is roaring like a lion when you’re at a playground at the zoo bad manners?

I can see slopping food – but splashing in mud seems a bit borderline.

I’m really not sure what to think about this book.

Thanks to NetGalley and Kids Can Press for a copy in return for an honest review.


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