Judy Sierra is the author of Wild About Books, a New York Times #1 bestseller and winner of the E. B. White Read-Aloud Award. She is also the author of Thelonius Monster's Sky-High Fly Pie and The Secret Science Project that Almost Ate the School. She lives in Oakland, California.J. Otto Seibold, author/illustrator of Olive the Other Reindeer was one of the first children's book artists to create computer-generated art and is considered the master of that medium. He lives in San Francisco, California.
K-Gr 2-Sierra has created a clever book about manners and using one's best behavior with a central character known for neither: B.B. (as in Big Bad) Wolf. When the protagonist, who resides at Villain Villa, finds an invitation to a library storybook tea in his mailbox, he is not sure that he wants to go because he doesn't like tea. But Crocodile explains that the main reason to go to a tea is for the cookies. He prepares B.B. for the event, rehearsing proper etiquette (sip, don't slurp; say "Excuse me" when you burp; smile and have a good time). After sipping cup after cup of tea, B.B. feels a ferocious burp gathering steam. He excuses himself before the window-rattling explosion and is complimented by the librarian for his wonderful manners. When B.B. refuses a proffered gingerbread cookie because he could not eat a Gingerbread Boy, the librarian exclaims that he is sensitive and that "storybooks don't do you justice." Sierra's text is spot-on, and Seibold's hilarious illustrations include many easily recognizable characters from various stories. Children will love attending this rollicking party and combing the illustrations for old friends. Sierra has included several levels of humor, and Seibold adds even more twists.-Mary Hazelton, Elementary Schools in Warren & Waldoboro, ME Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.