No! No, Nap!

Children - Picture Book
33 Pages
Reviewed on 07/11/2023
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Free Book Program, which is open to all readers and is completely free. The author will provide you with a free copy of their book in exchange for an honest review. You and the author will discuss what sites you will post your review to and what kind of copy of the book you would like to receive (eBook, PDF, Word, paperback, etc.). To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Emma Megan for Readers' Favorite

No! No, Nap! by Pam Sears is a wonderful and helpful children's picture book. It's about the benefits of sleep for children. Zander is mad as he wants to keep playing, but his mother wants him to nap. He throws his toys, screams, and starts crying in frustration. It seems his parents are not allowed to get a time-out when they fight. Now he doesn't understand why he is the one who must be sorry. However, Zander falls asleep crying and starts dreaming. He sees some people and tells them about his frustration. Yet, they tell him a secret about how taking a nap helps him. They also tell him how to stop their parents from being mad at him.

Children seem to do everything possible to avoid sleep, making parenting very difficult. You need this book if you're a parent who struggles to get your child to bed. No! No, Nap! by Pam Sears is a standout picture book to get your child to sleep. It has delightful illustrations and a story that will help kids see they're not the only ones who hate going to sleep, especially when it's daylight, they're told to, or there are so many more entertaining things to do. The author beautifully expresses the benefits of sleep every adult wants their children to know and embrace. The team of spiritual beings called guides that appear to help Zander have a better relationship with sleep impressed me. Sears advises parents to stay open-minded and encourage their children to share their experiences with them, especially those in which they see or hear a Spirit.

Pikasho Deka

When you're a kid, all you want to do is play. Even when told by your parents to go to sleep, you just wanted to continue playing. No! No, Nap! by Pam Sears is a story about a child like that. This children's picture book follows Zander, a spirited child who loves playing with his bear, teddy, and bunny, Amara. But when he is told by his mother to take a nap, Zander becomes angry and starts crying. He throws his toys, leading his mother to send him to a timeout. He simply can't understand what good will come of sleeping. Soon, Zander is visited by two Spirit Guides named Liam and Lexi, who teach him the value of sleeping and apologizing to one's parents after making a mistake.

This is a wonderful story to teach kids the benefits of sleeping to help them recover the energy they are already gifted with. No! No, Nap! is a jolly tale about a child learning to listen to his mother and making amends for losing his temper. Author Pam Sears infuses a lot of heart and humor in this short picture book kids are guaranteed to love. Zander is someone any child below five can easily relate to. The illustrations by Amy Klein splash color to the pages, making the book even more fun to read. Grab a copy of No! No, Nap! and learn why taking a nap is so necessary for everyone.

Iza Grek

No! No, Nap! by Pam Sears is about a young boy resisting a nap. This could be attributed to his in-bred stubborn nature or the willfulness of this young boy named Zander. It could also be due to his confusion about why his parents are upset with him. During his sulking after resisting orders from his mother, he falls asleep, “waking” to the introduction of new people, Liam and Lexi. He is, at all times, in the company of Teddy and his bunny, Amara. Lexi and Liam arrive to be his friends on his invitation and impart life lessons using the animals as points of reference, noting Amara’s energy after a nap. They also introduce the idea of hugs to resolve conflicts, keeping it all in Zander’s immediate frame of reference. At first, Zander attempts to justify his behavior by observing his parents’ lack of punishment when arguing.

Pam Sears covers the themes of obstinacy among children and their rationalization of observing how things “should” be, according to a desire to mimic their parents' behavior, as in Zander’s case. It takes the characters who appear in a dream to point out that his parents hugged after arguing. Sears interprets these dream personas as spirit guides in a postscript. No! No, Nap! is a straightforward story providing a singular lesson for a teacher or parent going through this kind of experience. The story is beautifully illustrated by Amy Klein, whose images are colorful and expressive. It is a delightful work to be enjoyed by parents and children alike.