Friday, January 29, 2016

[BOOK REVIEW] Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf by Judy Sierra

Title:  Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf

Author:  Judy Sierra

Artist:  J. Otto Seibold

Genre:  Manners / Fairy Tale / Animals / Humor

Year Published: 2007

Year Read:  2016

Publisher:  Alfred A. Knopf

Source:  Library

Content Rating:  Ages 5+  (Some Bizarre Imagery)

Buy on:  Amazon  //  Book Depository 



Now, I will be honest here.  I was actually introduced to J. Otto Seibold’s work through a long forgotten animated TV special “Olive, the Other Reindeer” and even though at the time, I didn’t care for “Olive, the Other Reindeer” because of the art style, the special did get me interested in reading some of J. Otto Seibold’s other works and I stumbled upon “Mind Your Manners B.B. Wolf” which was also written by Judy Sierra and I have to admit that I fell in love with this book!

B.B. Wolf (formerly known as the “Big Bad Wolf”) ends up being invited to the local library’s annual storybook tea and he ends up becoming nervous because he does not know how to act properly for this event.  So, his best friend Crocodile ends up teaching him the proper etiquette in how to behave in a tea party ceremony by teaching B.B. Wolf this little song ditty:

“Sip your tea and never slurp,
Say “Excuse Me” if you burp.
Smile and have a lot of fun,
But don’t go biting anyone!”

Once B.B. Wolf goes off to the local library to attend this party, he meets up with Little Red Riding Hood, the Three Little Pigs and the Gingerbread Man and they all seem nervous to see B.B. Wolf come to the party.

Can B.B. Wolf convince everyone that he can be polite?

Read this book to find out!

Wow!  I was actually quite impressed with this book!  I have read many books written by Judy Sierra and I have enjoyed many of her books, but I had never read any of her books that explore the importance of good manners in a cute and simplistic way!    Judy Sierra had done a great job at writing a book about manners without being too heavy handed about what you should learn about having good manners and I loved the way that B.B. Wolf was written as a well-meaning character who only wanted to impress the other fairy tale characters and prove that he is not a bad person anymore.  I really loved the little song ditty that B.B. Wolf sings throughout the story that goes like:

“Sip your tea and never slurp,
Say “Excuse Me” if you burp.
Smile and have a lot of fun,
But don’t go biting anyone!”

It is a cute little song that is simple and fun for many children to sing to and learn about how to behave during a party or event. I also loved the way that Judy Sierra created the world of the fairy tale inhabitants as all the fairy tale characters live in one town and you can see them interact with each other.  It was also interesting seeing that this story takes place in a more real world setting, even though there are fairy tale characters inhabiting this world as it made the story more creative and fun to read!  J. Otto Seibold’s artwork really brought out the surreal nature of the fairy tale world that B.B. Wolf lives in and they also bring out the creative nature of the fairy tale characters interacting with each other while giving their world a part realistic, part fantasy element in tone.

Parents should know that J. Otto Seibold’s artwork might be a bit too strange for some children to handle and they might either be frightened or confused by the chaotic artwork in this book.  Parents might want to read this book first before they show it to their children to see if their child would like this type of artwork.

Overall, “Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf” is a truly fantastic book that helps teach children the importance of good manners and maybe make up their own little song ditty to help them remember about how to behave during parties and events!  I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since the artwork might either frighten or confuse some children.


  1. My kids are quite good with most things so I think they could cope with this, actually never mind them I think I'd enjoy it too!

    1. That's awesome! I'm sure that your kids would love this book!

  2. Actually a few days ago my friends that work as anessay writers advised me this book as a present for my nephew. After reading your post. I'll definitely buy it!