Review | Terrible, Awful, Horrible Manners! by Beth Bracken

Thank you to Capstone for the opportunity to review this book.

Terrible, Awful, Horrible Manners! By Beth Brackenis the story of a boy named Pete who…well, you can probably guess by the title what kind of manners Pete has. Pete’s family decides to team up and teach him a lesson about good manners. The adorable illustrations in this book were done by Richard Watson.

I loved this book. Loved it. It teaches a great lesson about manners, but does so in a funny way that is sure to entertain young kids. I read this with my 2 year old, and he laughed the whole way through. I can just imagine my students cracking up over this one, especially my little boys. Most of the boys in my class could be Pete; I am constantly reminding them to say excuse me and to use their napkins. Terrible, Awful, Horrible Manners! reminds children of proper etiquette, but does so in a way that won’t make them feel bad. Additionally, Richard Watson’s illustrations are colorful and fun, and I even loved the “handwriting style” font chosen for the text. Truly a great book.

Do I recommend Terrible, Awful, Horrible Manners!? Well, I plan on purchasing a copy to add to my library at school, if that tells you anything. If you have a preschooler or early elementary-aged child, they will love this book. I highly suggest picking up a copy!

Terrible, Awful, Horrible Manners! is 32 pages long and is published by Capstone.

Capstone provided me with a digital copy of this book for review. All opinions are my own.


Crystal is an activist, feminist, and mom of three. She loves reading, crochet, and enjoying her family and friends. She lives with her family in Indianapolis.

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