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Are You Going to Be Good? (New York Times Best Illustrated Books (Awards))

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A joyous celebration of the young and young-at-heart
Tonight’s a special night. Robert is going to his first grownup party – a birthday celebration for Great-Gran Sadie, who is one hundred years old. Robert is so excited he feels like a firecracker about to go off. But once he arrives at the party, it’s hard to remember what to do when. “Don’t do that!” says Grandpa Jack.
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 8th 2005 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Courtney Angelo
Robert is going to a party for his 100 year old grandmother, and all of his relatives have to warn him about manners and behaving. "Say thank you, excuse yourself, don't play with your food." Robert ends up misbehaving with his grandma and dancing the night away. I enjoyed the book because the tone is less than serious; while family members are reminding Robert of his manners, young children reading the book can also learn manners as well. The author creates a hidden message with a fun tone. To ...more
Melanie
Robert is going to a party with his family. He has to get very dressed up in his good clothes. The whole family is going to Great-Gran Sadie's birthday party. She's turning 100! And Robert has the best gift. In the car Robert is reminded about his manners and to be on his best behavior.

At the party, Robert meets a lot of grownups, shakes lots of hands and tastes lots of food; some if it he likes, some of it he doesn't. He tries shining shoes under the table and is told not to do that. He also ca
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현순 최
Mar 13, 2014 현순 최 rated it liked it
Shelves: social
Robert is scheduled to go to a party with his family. His parents explain to him about courtesy at Great-Gran Sadie's party, but when he arrived there, he begin to ignore it. such as jumping, taste some things...During someone makes a speech, Robert starts to wiggle and jiggle. Everyone says him, "Don't do that,"but his granny also dances with Robert. They become familiar each other. Children can learn the social manner at the public place from this book.
Katie Nanney
Are you going to be good? That's a question every parent asks his or her young child before they go somewhere. I liked the book because it had colorful illustrations and the story was funny. The little boy spends the entire evening "being good" and then learns that it's okay to be silly every once in awhile. I think I would like to keep this book in my classroom to remind my students that it's okay to have fun and dance sometimes.
Alyn
May 14, 2014 Alyn rated it it was ok
This book teaches children how to be good but really now, I can't help but wonder if it's also poking fun at adults and their expectations of children. Robert is going to a birthday party for his aunt and all he hears from other people around him is what he can not do. Robert can't help but be bored. To give Robert some credit, he does listen and stop when he's told to stop doing something.
The Brothers
This little story goes a long way to "get there" so to speak. It's a bit odd that it's one of the few stories I've read aloud that is in present tense. It's about little Robert going to Great Gran Sadie's 100th birthday celebration. The story doesn't seem to flow very easily for me. Maybe the constant (and quite similar questioning) by family members of Robert.

Illustrations are fun.
Carrie Marie Lawson Brewer
A great story about balance between good behavior and letting loose to have fun!
Richa Jha
Apr 11, 2014 Richa Jha rated it really liked it
The fourth star is for the rocking great-gran in this book! We loved her spirit!
Megan
Nov 27, 2009 Megan rated it liked it
I really liked the idea of this book--a child's behavior is stifled by all the adults at a party until the guest of honor arrives and joins him in some undignified antics. I was frustrated with the ratio of text to pictures. On most pages there were sentences or even paragraphs that seemed to need illustration but the picture reflected some other part of the text. If twice as many illustrations had been added, the reading experience would have been much richer.
Lisa
Apr 11, 2011 Lisa rated it it was ok
Too many words for kids. A story about a kid who is told to be good at a party by not running or yelling. He is told at the party not to taste test and put food back on the serving trays.
A lot of "Don't do that!" to various things he did throughout their book.
He ended up dancing with his Great Grandma on the dance floor and having a great time. Adults are made out to be bossy while his Great Grandma rocks!
Andrew Perry
Feb 28, 2012 Andrew Perry rated it liked it
Shelves: ece-3601, behavior, family
This book is a pretty read which could be used in lower grades. This story focuses on a young boy who is anxiously awaiting a family party. As he prepares the arrive his family gives him a list of what not to do while he is there. This book would be good to discuss classroom rules and expected behavior.
Matthew
Oct 14, 2011 Matthew rated it really liked it
I think that I liked this because of the footloose Great-Gran Sadie. The other adults were all coming down on the kid for being excited about the party and Sadie was all about having a good time, something that wasn't otherwise being done at that party. Go Great-Gran!
Jill
Oct 07, 2007 Jill rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 1-4
Summary:
Robert is asked to be on his best behavior and he is until the food comes. He takes great grandma to the dance floor and has tons of fun.

Response:
Great illustrations, great plot and cute way to incorporate manners.

Themes:
Manners, respect
Diane
Jun 24, 2009 Diane rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-books
A good book for children about to attend an adult party. This party reminded exactly of one I took Leo to when he was about three. Leo still enjoyed the book even though he doesn't remember the party.
Jen
Feb 10, 2013 Jen rated it really liked it
Shelves: pb, storytime, silly
this book is hilarious!! fun pictures. there can be repetition participation with "don't do that" probably better for slightly longer attention spans.
Sheri
Oct 07, 2009 Sheri rated it really liked it
Shelves: sophie-s-book
great story about a little boy who attends a grown up party. loved the illustrations. they almost had a 60s feel to them.
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