Genre: Manners / Animals / Humor
Year Published: 2005
Year Read: 2014
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Content Rating: Ages 4+ (Nothing Objectionable)
Now, I am a huge fan of practically everything that Mo Willems has written since his books are so full of witty humor and creative ideas! So, imagine my surprise when I found out that Mo Willems has written a children’s book that teaches children manners which is called “Time to Say “Please”!
Basically, this book starts off with a young girl trying to get a cookie, but some cute little mice start holding up signs that tell the little girl about how saying “please” to an adult can really help you get the things you truly want!
Mo Willems has done a brilliant job at writing this book as it truly shows how manners can do wonders for any child while also being entertaining for children! I loved the way that Mo Willems expressed good manners in this book because it is great that there are picture books out there that discuss having good manners and I think that this book did a fantastic job at expressing how to say “please” and “thank you” towards other people. I also loved the fact that there are little blue mice all over the pages that keep holding up signs that help narrate the story, which I thought was pretty cute! Mo Willems’ artwork is extremely cute and creative, with the best part being of the little blue mice that hold up signs that narrate the actions of the characters, as they were extremely cute to look at and I also loved their hilarious actions such as flying airplanes and hugging each other while they are moving the signs. I also loved the way that the backgrounds are in white while the characters are colored in (even though I usually prefer colorful backgrounds to go with the characters). It really felt like the characters are truly standing out, especially the images of the children and their parents doing various activities that require them to say “please” and “thank you.”
Overall, “Time to Say Please!” is a fantastic children’s book that helps teach children good manners and for anyone who is a huge fan of Mo Willems’ work, this is definitely one book to pick up! I would highly recommend this book to children ages four and up since there is nothing inappropriate in this book.