Thanks a lot, Emily Post!
by Jennifer LaRue Huget
Schwartz and Wade Books, 2009. Unpaged. Picture book.
When a well-meaning mother decides her dear little children would be much improved by adhering to the rules of etiquette in a book by Emily Post, the children are unsurprisingly reluctant--until they hatch a brilliant plan in which their mother must follow Emily Post's rules, also.
With utterly charming, personality-packed watercolor illustrations and a hilarious story, this story is a complete success. With the "ghostly" scenes portrayed in blue monotones, the past and present aspects of the book are clearly defined, working well together. The deviousness of the children is sure to illicit laughter as well as the mother's attempts to counter their plans. Added to all this, there is a biographical account at the end of the book about the real Emily Post and the etiquette book she did indeed author. Altogether, this book makes a wonderful story.