by Madelyn Rosenberg
Illustrated by Heather Ross
Published 2014 by Katherine Tegan Books
Fiction Picture Book
Review copy provided by the publisher
Julia's little brother doesn't know how to behave at a tea party. It's time that changed. Julia will show Charles that slurping and burping are not allowed, that teacups are not building blocks, and that underwear does not count as a fancy hat. Charles will teach Julia that tea parties sometimes require deep breaths, and welcoming unexpected guests, and that maybe--just maybe--there is more than one way to properly behave. In this humorous and imaginative spin on the classic manners book, Madelyn Rosenberg and Heather Ross explore the joy and freedom that come when you keep an open mind.
This is no ordinary book about tea party manners. What seems to be a book about Julia teaching Charles the "right" way to have a tea party, turns out to be a book about having an open mind to possibilities. Sometimes a little spontaneity and silliness makes tea parties (and life) a whole lot more fun! With just the right amount of text and adorably funny illustrations, How to Behave at a Tea Party will appeal to many young children. I can see children begging for this book to be read aloud over and over again. With the funny things her brother does, the precocious neighbor boys and a little frog that can be spotted in silly places on many pages, this book will appeal to boys and girls alike. I really enjoyed and highly recommend How to Behave at a Tea Party.