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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Monkey Bandit goes to play with Lilly in the storybook Monkey Bandit: Manners on a Playdate by Maria Ellis. Monkey Bandit is very excited at seeing all the toys and he sees Lilly painting. Monkey Bandit snatches the brush from her hand and starts to paint. Lilly is puzzled. Mama comes from the kitchen with cookies. Lilly takes a cookie but Monkey Bandit snatches the cookie from her hand and eats it. Lilly is frightened and upset. Mama asks Monkey Bandit to use words like ‘May I’, ‘Sorry’, ‘Please’, and ‘Thank you’ so that they both can get along well. Lilly feels better once Monkey Bandit starts using these words and they both play together the entire afternoon.
Manners are important to help everyone get along well with each other and the author’s concept is well executed through the characters of Monkey Bandit and Lilly. The approach to the topic is interesting and engaging and readers will find it easy to incorporate words like ‘May I’, ‘Sorry’, ‘Please’, and ‘Thank you’ while conversing with others. The illustrations make the concept clear and breathe life into the characters and the story. This book is good to teach children manners, both at home and school. Teachers can use the book for interactive sessions in classrooms and make the topic of learning manners fun and interactive. Parents will find it easy to teach their children manners through the story of Monkey Bandit and Lilly. For all those who are having a tough time trying to make their children use the words ‘May I’, ‘Sorry’, ‘Please’, and ‘Thank you’, this book will definitely help them.