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Five Good Lessons From Bad Examples

Whether painting on walls, terrorizing younger siblings, or refusing to wear proper footwear, the kids in these books are certainly misbehaving! What better way to discuss polite behavior with your child than by reading the hilarious exploits of some naughty kids?


Sarah W. Says: This lively, song-based book uses rhyme to identify body parts as a gleefully naughty child bathes the world in paint.
Amazon Says: A dab of blue here, a splash of red there, a goopy smear of green . . . everywhere. To the tune of "It Ain't Gonna Rain No More," one creative kid floods his world with color, more...
Amazon Says: A dab of blue here, a splash of red there, a goopy smear of green . . . everywhere. To the tune of "It Ain't Gonna Rain No More," one creative kid floods his world with color, painting first the walls, then the ceiling, then HIMSELF! Before this feisty artist is through, he'll have painted his head, back, hands, legs, feet, and . . . Oh no--here comes Mama! Karen Beaumont's zippy text and David Catrow's zany illustrations turn an infamous childhood activity into raucous storytime fun, giving a silly twist to the fine art of self-expression. less...
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Sarah W. Says: With this amount of creativity, I am surprised that there are only 17 things on the list!
Amazon Says: This Parenting Magazine Best Book of the Year and Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year features a kid full of fun ideas. For example, in the morn more...
Amazon Says: This Parenting Magazine Best Book of the Year and Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year features a kid full of fun ideas. For example, in the morning, gluing her brother's bunny slippers to the floor sounds like a good plan. But now she's not allowed to use glue anymore. And what about when she shows Joey Whipple her underpants—they're only underpants, right? Turns out she's not allowed to do that again, either. And isn't broccoli the perfect gift for any brother? It's just too bad her parents don't think so. But she has the last laugh in this humerous picture book about not-so-great behavior. And don't miss the companion book to 17 Things I'm Not Allowed to Do Anymore: 11 Experiments that Failed, a zany exploration of the scientific method by everyone's favorite troublemaking protagonist. less...
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Hattie The Bad by Jane Devlin
Sarah W. Says: Part a rebellious celebration, part a meditation on the dangers of extremes, this tale is sure to keep the kids giggling!
Amazon Says: Hattie was bad?from frogs in the fridge, to paint everywhere, to the occasional sale of her little brother at the yard sale. Yes, Hattie was SO bad, no one was allowed to play more...
Amazon Says: Hattie was bad?from frogs in the fridge, to paint everywhere, to the occasional sale of her little brother at the yard sale. Yes, Hattie was SO bad, no one was allowed to play with her. And let?s face it: Being bad by yourself is no fun. So Hattie decides to become good. Hattie the Good cleans her room, goes to bed early, and is an angel at school. Now everyone is allowed to play with her?but no one wants to. After all, what fun is a girl SO good that she makes everyone else look bad? Hattie is in a fix. What?s a good, bad little girl to do? From the talent behind Bridget Fidget and the Most Perfect Pet! comes a hilarious, lovable little imp, who?like most kids?is both bad and good. Who can?t relate? less...
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The Queen's Feet by Sarah Ellis
Sarah W. Says: Everyone knows that a queen must be regal, well-behaved, and wear proper footwear. Unfortunately, this queen's feet just won't behave.
Amazon Says: Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize (2007) nominee Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice, 2007 Shining Willow Award nominee, 2008 Queen Daisy can' more...
Amazon Says: Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize (2007) nominee Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice, 2007 Shining Willow Award nominee, 2008 Queen Daisy can't help it - It's her feet that are misbehaving! Queen Daisy had a great deal of trouble with her feet. They had a mind of their own and did not like behaving in a royal way. Proper shoes were out of the question, and sometimes her feet did not wear shoes at all! Her feet were especially naughty when Queen Daisy forced them to dress properly. At balls her feet would kick high in the air or tap-dance on the marble palace floors. Once, when a king from a neighboring kingdom brought his mean, bullying ways to Queen Daisy's court, her feet hauled off and kicked the king in the ankle. That's when a meeting had to be called of all the wise women and wizards and footmen in the kingdom to find a solution to Queen Daisy's terrible problem. And what a solution it turns out to be. Queen Daisy's feet will dance into the hearts of restless feet everywhere. Sarah Ellis's wonderfully whimsical tale will ring a bell with all children and adults whose feet get restless. And Du_an Petricic illustrations may well encourage a little more unroyal behavior. less...
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