Keep Your Elbows on the Table

by Darren Sardelli

Keep Your Elbows on the Table by Darren Sardelli

Keep your elbows on the table.
Bite your nails before you eat.
Make an airplane with your napkin.
Spit some soda on your seat.

Put the chopsticks in your nostrils.
Serve the salad with your hat.
Throw your spinach at the ceiling.
Wipe your fingers on the cat.

When you’re drinking from a soup bowl,
slurp as loud as you can slurp.
Always talk when you are chewing.
Burp as loud as you can burp.

Draw a picture on your placemat.
Show your food before you swallow.
These are all the rules for dining
that a Monster has to follow!

  — Darren Sardelli

Reprinted by permission of the author.

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About the Author

Darren Sardelli is a children’s book author and poet known for his humorous rhymes. He travels to schools, globally, inspiring students through poetry assemblies and writing workshops. Darren’s first book, Galaxy Pizza and Meteor Pie, has helped young people discover how much fun poetry can be. His poems also appear in children’s magazines, school textbooks, and popular children’s books such as Peter, Peter, Pizza Eater (a Scholastic Book List Best Seller), I Hope I Don’t Strike Out (Teachers’ Choice Award), One Minute till Bedtime (Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2016), and School People (Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Finalist). For more information, please visit him online at

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