February 15, 2010 Review: P is for Please
Lisa Tharpe and Ali Bahrampour’s P is for Please: A Bestiary of Manners features twenty six lessons on etiquette, with the help of a large menagerie. Starting from A, with “A is for asking permission,” each page offers a reminder starting with a letter of the alphabet, and a silly alliteration of the importance of manners.
What follows is a zany breakdown of all the things one should always do, whether it’s using table manners or saying “excuse me.”
“Excuse me!” whispers Xavier Xolo when he accidentally bumps into an extra large xenopus.”
Ali Bahrampour’s illustrations are simple but effective. The gentle nature of the animals depicted reminded me of Richard Scarry’s early work from his Golden Book titles. A wide range of species, from the common to the exotic, are shown here. P is for Please is great for kids, because they’re learning lessons on politeness, while being entertained and the illustrations add to the whimsy of the text.
The cover design features a raised illustration. Such tactile touches are rare these days in picture books, so this was a pleasant surprise.
Copy for review provided by the author. To purchase your own copy, visit PisforPlease.com!
Author: Lisa Tharpe (Illus. by Ali Bahrampour)
Date: November 2009
Publisher: Blueberry Ink Press