Behave in Public coverWhat to do when your Mom or Dad says “Behave in Public!”

I keep thinking maybe the author hasn’t actually been to a major sporting event (hockey in Detroit comes to mind),  Catholic church or a synagogue, or worked retail.  Otherwise she might do some actual explaining to kids.  I will spare you all 46 pages of this book, but you will get the drift from our few highlights here. I love how parents are absent from these illustrations. Also, our friend Joy has not mentioned the public library in her many places that might require appropriate behavior.


attending athletic events

Visiting a church

Complaining about prices



  1. Aw, I loved this series.

    I’m not saying they’re great, I’m just saying I loved ’em.

  2. Joy Berry! YAY! I’m with Deanna; methinks the parents would better benefit from this book.

  3. Wow, a flashback to my own childhood! My Mom bought me a whole set of these books, I remember the one with “clean your room” and I think I remember one about study habits too. I grew up to yell at hockey games, but I’d still like to hand a copy of this book to that little monster who sat behind me, on a parent’s lap, and kicked my back and my neck through the whole first period.

  4. I, too, loved Joy Berry books. I was going to say the same thing as Deanna – I deal daily with adults who could use these books.

  5. Okay but aren’t the kids that loved these in the 80s now the ADULTS that are not behaving as instructed in the books? Maybe Joy needs to create a new series for adults? Just a a thought!

  6. Wow. Mary, I hadn’t thought of that! Hmm. Maybe the misbehaving adults are the ones who didn’t get these books.

  7. “Do not handle merchandise you do not intend to buy?” But…doesn’t everyone do that? I mean, most clothing stores let you try on clothes first to see of they fit.

  8. I don’t get why the illustrations have the bad behaviour the book is supposed to prevent, rather than modelling good behaviour. Apart from that (and the fact that the pictures need an update) there doesn’t look anything particularly bad about this book.

  9. Oh, God, I remember working retail and encountering adults who needed point 3, like, needlepointed onto their foreheads.

    Guys: I’m nineteen and I’m making six bucks an hour. I don’t have the authority to change the prices. Furthermore, I don’t actually care what you think of them. You want to haggle with a shopkeeper? Play some goddamn Angband.

  10. Yes, Mary, but the kid already got the book for a public library, so we may be sure that he or she has already misbehaved in one.

  11. Everytime I have to go to the supermarket or discount store I wish this series was read by many parents. Screaming kids loose in the aisles, crying kids at the checkout, and totally oblivious parents. Although I realize it’s no longer safe, after about 2 minutes my sister and me would find ourselves in the car regardless of the weather conditions.

  12. I remember having a book from this series, but can’t remember which one though. However, it’s surprising that religious tolerance is also included in a kids’ book made before 9/11 times. I never could remember any books in my elementary school libraries, or any books my relatives bought me, discussing such things as not poking fun at other people’s religious beliefs.

  13. You know what would be awesome – a book drawn in this style, aimed at adults, on how to act in a library/when in contact with library personal!

    “When the clerk says you have a 25 cent fine, don’t yell at them.”

    “When you’re called to say a by a clerk to say the book you returned was wet and none of the other books in the bookdrop were damaged in this manner, do not spend 15 minutes screaming at them about how you’re such and such an age and never damaged a book.”

    “Don’t listen to loud music in the library.”

    “Don’t look at porn on the library computers. Especially not the children’s ones.”

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