Book Title: The Adventures of Forkman: What’s That Noise? by Tiffany Caldwell and W.R. MacKenzie
Category: Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 38 pages
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Publisher: Mascot Books
Release date: Jan 2021
Content Rating: G. This children’s book is for everyone.
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.
The Adventures of Forkman: What is that Noise? By father-daughter duo W.R. MacKenzie and Tiffinay Caldwell was like a blast from the past, in a good way. The ideas and etiquette conveyed in this book are rarely taught to kids nowadays, an unfortunately sad reality of life, but The Adventures of Forkman Series seeks to change that through some fun and engaging stories. The pages flowed well together, and the illustrations added to the realistic feel of the family setting and I liked the easy-to-read font and paragraph structures. I loved the emphasis on good manners and the do’s and don’ts of eating dinner at the table with family and friends and I thought that the authors did a good job trying to convey the proper way of doing things.
Three things stood out to me though. One, that the story started in chapter three, and was confusing until I realize that each book continues after the other and that they are not complete stories in their own right; you need to read them in order. Second, I could not quite figure out the age group that was being targeted. The sentences were hard to read for younger kids, but older kids would find the story way below their engagement level. Then we have the third item, Forkman. When you pick up this book you think of reading about the Adventures of Forkman (hence the title), but he acts more as a narrator for the story at the family dinner table than an active participant.
Overall, I give the story 3.5 (rounded to 4) stars for the story premise, the ideas conveyed, and the cute illustrations. Unfortunately for me, this book did not quite live up to the expectations that I had for it. But it is still a good book to reinforce good manners/etiquette.
*I volunteered to read this book in return for my honest feedback. The thoughts and opinions expressed within are my own.
If you could go back in time, where would you go?
I would go back to the 50’s because I like poodle skirts, AND we always watched the movie Back to the Future as a family. I that movie, they travel back to the 50’s and everything looked so simple and fun!
Favorite travel spot?
Coca Beach, Florida – to my Grandparent’s house
Skillet Cookie with Ice Cream OR a Yellow Cake with Chocolate Frosting!
If you were stuck on a deserted island, which 3 books would you want with you?
- A book on Survival
- How to cook on an island
- The Twilight series! I love those books!
What’s the funniest thing that ever happened to you?
I have told my kids for the past 10 years we weren’t going to have any pets… Last year, we adopted a cat… a week later we adopted another… Needless to say, they are a big part of our family now! They like walks in their pet stroller and cuddles by the fire! The scariest? When my husband left for an 8 month deployment. The Strangest? When my sister Kathryn and I rode our bicycles to Chick fil A and ordered our food on our bikes in the drive through! We had a good laugh!
What’s the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?
Sticking with school even when I didn’t think I had it in me. I had 3 children, got married, worked full time, moved around with my husband’s military career and I pushed through school! I graduated with my Associates first, continued on to my Bachelors and I will be graduating in just a few months with my Masters degree!
Any hobbies? or Name a quirky thing you like to do.
I like to craft, go hiking and spend time with my family.
If there is one thing you want readers to remember about you, what would it be?
It’s never too late to chase after your dreams!
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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