The Adventures of Forkman

What's That Noise?

Children - Picture Book
38 Pages
Reviewed on 12/15/2020
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Author Biography

Tiffany Caldwell-
I have worked with children for over thirteen years and every year basic manners become less evident. When I was growing up, my sisters and I took etiquette classes during the summer while we visited our grandparents. Etiquette was always a big part of our upbringing.

When we would have our family dinners, my dad, W.R. MacKenzie, would make our utensils come to life as we were eating. Forkman became a part of our dinner routine!

I am a mother of three great kids and military wife to my hero. A few years ago, I told my dad we needed to start writing our story. We are so excited to share Forkman with the world!

W.R. MacKenzie

I spent thirty-nine years in the bakery business. After I retired and my four children were grown, I felt it was time to share the importance of the family meal with the world. ​​​​​The Adventures of Forkman teaches children how to properly conduct themselves at the table.

Our books are filled with characters all children can relate with and I believe Forkman and his crew will help children of all ages learn manners and table etiquette.

We hope you enjoy our story!

    Book Review

Reviewed by Peggy Jo Wipf for Readers' Favorite

The Adventures of Forkman: What’s That Noise? by Tiffany Caldwell and WR MacKenzie is a delightful book teaching children about table etiquette. This colorful book continues the teaching of Forkman from their first book, A Children’s Book of Etiquette: The Adventures of Forkman. The first chapter instructs children how to load a dishwasher, with special cautionary tips on knives and having their parents fill the dishwasher with detergent. The second chapter explains the importance of avoiding bodily noises at the table and what to do if you accidentally make noises. This light approach keeps it simple yet fun for young children.

While growing up, Tiffany Caldwell remembers many animated stories at the table from her father, WR MacKenzie. Forkman was one of their favorites as this eating utensil educated the kids about table etiquette and manners. Through those memories, this daughter and father duo have put these important lessons in a book to teach others. I love how the authors use a fork to instruct two children, Kathryn and William, about work and family time. The vibrant colors and fine details make this a charming book that children will enjoy reading, or have someone read to them. Overall, the whimsical, colorful illustrations, and kind characters will attract kids of all ages. The imaginary play with the common fork and his friends makes it easy for children to relate and add their own narrative. Parents will enjoy using this book as a teaching tool and could easily add their own guidance about what is being taught.