Why isn’t Mr. Panda giving out his doughnuts? Were he to refuse my own request for one, I’d wonder, Is this because he found out how many holiday cookies I ate? As it turns out, Steve Antony’s Please, Mr. Panda (Scholastic), is a “droll book about manners,” and Mr. Panda is simply trying to prove the point that it’s always better to ask for things in a polite way. Know any tots who could use a lesson? “Simply stated—and slightly aggressive—this etiquette book lays down the law,” writes Booklist reviewer Kara Dean.