Welcome to one of the February 9th stops on the blog tour for The Adventures of Forkman: What’s That Noise? by Tiffany Caldwell and W.R. MacKenzie, organized by iRead Book Tours (tour scheduled linked.) Be sure to follow the rest of the tour for spotlights, reviews, guest posts and interviews with the authors, and a giveaway! (More on that at the end of this post.)
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About the Book
The Adventures of Forkman
What’s That Noise?
by Tiffany Caldwell and W.R. MacKenzie
Published 3 January 2021
by Mascot Books
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Page Count: 38
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When poor manners are present, Forkman will be there to save the day! Join Kathryn and William as they learn how to load the dishwasher properly and avoid inappropriate distractions at the table with the help of all their utensil friends. This second book in the Adventures of Forkman series is a great introduction to mealtime etiquette for readers of all ages.
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My Rating: 3.5 Stars
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I was granted a complimentary review copy of The Adventures of Forkman: What’s that Noise? as part of my participation in the February 2021 blog tour for this title through iRead Book Tours. Thank you to all involved in granting me this opportunity! My thoughts are my own and my review is honest.
In this installment of The Adventures of Forkman, a personified fork in a cape named Forkman teaches siblings Kathryn and William how to safely and efficiently load a dishwasher, then follows this lesson up with table manners and how to not be distracted at the table.
I’m currently working on potty training with my toddler, which requires encouraging her to stay on the thing for lengthy sessions, and this means I’ve actually done all my preliminary review reads of picture books with her lately, rather than after bedtime when I can concentrate in quiet. She’s three. She loved the illustrations in this book, but the story itself did not hold her interest. I figured it wouldn’t, this is definitely for older kids who are big enough to be assigned the dishwasher chore. (And perhaps husbands. Mine could benefit from Forkman’s walkthrough.)
It feels like a little bit of an odd choice to include two separate complete lesson stories in the same book and call them chapters 3 and 4. I understand that chapters 1 and 2 are in the previous book, and I presume future Forkman books will continue to have subsequent numbered pairs of chapters, but when you receive this as a PDF file you worry that you’ve missed something! I imagine some people will be similarly confused when they pick this up in print and wonder if only half the book was printed and bound.
I would recommend this book to anyone wishing to teach children ages (roughly) 6+ about table etiquette and dishwasher procedures.
About the Author
Tiffany Caldwell: I have worked with children for over thirteen years and every year basic manners become less evident. When I was growing up, my sisters and I took etiquette classes during the summer while we visited our grandparents. Etiquette was always a big part of our upbringing. When we would have our family dinners, my dad, W.R. MacKenzie, would make our utensils come to life as we were eating. Forkman became a part of our dinner routine! I am a mother of three great kids and military wife to my hero. A few years ago, I told my dad we needed to start writing our story. We are so excited to share Forkman with the world!
W.R. MacKenzie: I spent thirty-nine years in the bakery business. After I retired and my four children were grown, I felt it was time to share the importance of the family meal with the world. The Adventures of Forkman teaches children how to properly conduct themselves at the table. Our books are filled with characters all children can relate with and I believe Forkman and his crew will help children of all ages learn manners and table etiquette.
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