It is a short picture book which, as the title suggests, gives an irreverent look at manners from the perspective of a child. The unnamed little pigtailed girl in the story is tired of being told to be polite and remember her manners. She imagines what it might like to be various other animals and what they would consider polite. For instance, piglets get told off for being too clean, snails for moving too quickly, and baby elephants for not splashing enough in the bath - on the other hand, she realises that pigs are smelly, snails are slimy, and elephants are covered with fleas. She decides she would prefer to be a monster and (much to her parents' dismay) forget to bring her manners.
The art in this book was what made it a winner with my three year old. All the characters have huge googly eyes, and there is an emphasis on the gross (lots of slime, hair, dirt, and bugs) which kids love. It could be used as an opening to talking to your child about manners and how what is considered appropriate is different in different company.