September 21, 2009 11:45 AM

We all know that puppies don’t necessarily have the best manners – but how do you teach a young dog grown-up tricks? New children’s book Wiggens Learns His Manners at the Four Seasons Restaurant ($16.99, Candlewick Press) takes a look at a “total rascal” of a chocolate Lab pup named Wiggens, teaching him 10 important lessons that can be applied to puppyhood – and childhood, as well.

Written by author-illustrator Leslie McGuirk and Alex von Bidder, owner of New York City’s prestigious Four Seasons restaurant, Wiggens teaches children about apologizing, being respectful and minding their manners in a fun and colorful way. Wiggens and his three dog friends learn to eat and enjoy “strange” foods like duck and quail, shake paws with new acquaintances and be quiet in fancy places. Wiggens himself undergoes quite the transformation, maturing from a slipper-chewing pooch to a refined young dog. These are lessons in manners that he – and your kids – will never forget!

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