Dinner with the Highbrows

Kimberly Willis Holt; illustrations by Kyrsten Brooker

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Bernard has never been to dinner at a friend's house before. His mother gives him quite the list of rules to follow—no elbows on the table, put your napkin on your lap, don't talk with food in your mouth, and so on. But Bernard isn't prepared to discover that the Goldsmiths think the table is the best place for elbows and feet, never put their napkins on their laps, and talk with food in their mouths! How will Bernard survive dinner with such an obnoxious crew?

Kimberly Willis Holt's funny picture book about manners and etiquette turns the idea of good manners upside-down. The fresh point of view in Dinner with the Highbrows will be appreciated by both kids and their parents.

A Christy Ottaviano Book


Praise for Dinner with the Highbrows

"An enjoyable readaloud for kids learning about manners." - BCCB
"Brooker's buoyant watercolor and cut-paper illustrations are filled with whimsical details and goofy characters." - School Library Journal
"Energetic and colorful pictures . .  The contrast of rude and polite behavior will have children laughing." - Booklist
"Like the central meal it features, this clever concoction will likely please some preschool palates, but it may take slightly older and more sophisticated readers to easily digest the combination of fun foolishness and explicit advice." - Kirkus Reviews


The Adventures of Granny Clearwater and Little Critter:

“Whoo-hoo for this rollicking ride!” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“This is a wonderful tall tale, told with plenty of humor and enhanced by colorful collage illustrations.” —School Library Journal

“Part tall tale, part history lesson, Holt’s latest picture-book adventure features lots of homespun humor and playful language.” —BCCB

Waiting for Gregory:

“Gorgeous to look at.”—The New York Times


“This is one for all ages . . . ”—Publishers Weekly, starred review


“This child’s-eye take on the passage of time is concrete and comforting.”—Kirkus Reviews

Skinny Brown Dog:

“A tasty treat for reading aloud that should get a rave reception.”—Kirkus Reviews


“A well-crafted picture book that children will appreciate.” —School Library Journal

Reviews from Goodreads



  • Kimberly Willis Holt; illustrations by Kyrsten Brooker

  • Kimberly Willis Holt is the author of many books for children and young adults, including the National Book Award-winning When Zachary Beaver Came to Town and the Piper Reed series. Her picture books include Waiting for Gregory, Skinny Brown Dog, and The Adventures of Granny Clearwater and Little Critter. She lives in Texas with her family.
    Kyrsten Brooker is the illustrator of Runaway Dreidel! and Math Attack!, among other picture books. She lives in Edmonton, Canada.
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  • Kyrsten Brooker


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Dinner with the Highbrows

Kimberly Willis Holt; illustrations by Kyrsten Brooker

Catholic Library Association Award, St. Katherine Drexel Awa


Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)