Do I Have to Say Hello? Aunt Delia’s Manners Quiz for Kids and Their Grownups {Book Review}


Cynthia received a copy of “Do I Have To Say Hello?” ($24.95 value) in exchange for this review.  Any opinions expressed here are honest and her own.

Twenty-five years after its original publication, Do I Have to Say Hello? Aunt Delia’s Manners Quiz for Kids and Their Grown-ups is back, and do we and our kids all need it. In a series of light-hearted multiple choice quizzes, alternate scenarios, and true-or-false questions, Delia Ephron and Edward Koren, the author and illustrator team who brought us the best-selling How to Eat Like a Child, depict a range of possibilities that reflect life as it is as well as life as it ought to be. Covering table manners, car manners, playground manners, school manners, and more, this is a book that is sure to delight (and horrify) adults and children of all ages.

Society really doesn’t promote the “good old” manners that most of us from the older generation remember. Saying “please” and “thank you” used to be a norm, respecting our elders, patience to not interrupt, etc and the list can go on and on. Somehow these manners have slipped to the wayside over the years. What a perfect time for Do I Have to Say Hello? Aunt Delia’s Manners Quiz for Kids and Their Grown-ups to return to have us all remember what true manners are.

Now realize, this book isn’t the usual run of the mill…self-help book. It is actually a very good light reading book broke out into categories with cartoon illustrations. Categories…like Table Manners, Beach Manners and Bus Manners to just name a few. Delia actually goes into 28 different categories. (Yeah, who would have thought there are that many categories of manners.) I personally think it is a great family book to read together. Delia shares a manner scenario and then provides you to choose from three different ways to handle the situation with the best manners. Correct answers are no-brainers, but it helps youth realize they know the answers, but just remember to use them in their everyday life. Here’s a great example from the book:

It’s your birthday today. You are having a big party and are so excited. Your friend Polly arrives. What’s the first thing you say to her?

“What did you bring me?”

“Hi, Polly. I’m so glad you could come.”

“Who invited you? There must be some mistake.”

Do I Have to Say Hello? Aunt Delia’s Manners Quiz for Kids and Their Grown-ups can be purchased at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and anywhere books are sold. Get your copy today for you and your family to brush up on their manners.

About the Author

Delia Ephron is a bestselling author and screenwriter. Her movies include The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, You’ve Got Mail, Hanging Up (based on her novel), and Michael. She has written novels for adults and teenagers, including her most recent, The Lion Is In; books of humor, including How to Eat Like a Child; and essays. Her journalism has appeared in The New York Times, O: The Oprah Magazine, Vogue, and Vanity Fair. Her hit play Love, Loss, and What I Wore (cowritten with Nora Ephron) ran for more than two years off-Broadway and has been performed all over the world, including in Paris, Rio, and Sydney. She lives in New York City.

Edward Koren, a cartoonist and illustrator is a regular contributor to The New Yorker. Among his many books are How to Eat Like a Child and Teenage Romance, both published with Delia Ephron.


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