No, No, No!

Children - Concept
13 Pages
Reviewed on 06/02/2021
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 Amy Louise Hill for Readers' Favorite

No, No, No! by Justine Avery will have parents both relating to and laughing at each of the naughty activities this baby gets up to. From making a mess at dinner time to cutting up things they shouldn't, this naughty baby learns what they should do instead. This book is hilarious for parents and cute for babies and toddlers, so the question is, how many of these behaviours can you relate to? Find out in this precious book by the award-winning author, Justine Avery.

No, No, No! is one of the cutest books I've ever read. I was first attracted to the book's front cover because the illustrations caught my attention; Naday Meldova has created beautiful artwork. The dialogue is simple and repeats the phrases "No, No, No" and "Okay, Okay. Yes, you may," to show the naughty behaviour against the acceptable behaviour, which I found to be quite funny because no matter how frustrated your child's behaviour makes you, you can't help but laugh also.

No, No, No! is bright and colourful, making it stand out to young readers. However light-hearted this book may be, I feel there is a deeper meaning behind it; that being how the bond between mother and baby is unbreakable, no matter how stressful bringing up a child can be at times. Justine Avery and Naday Meldova make a great team and have created funny and such fitting content for their targeted audience. I hope to see more collaborations from them both in the future.

Sefina Hawke

No, No, No! written by Justine Avery and illustrated by Naday Meldova is a children’s book that would be best suited to parents, or soon-to-be parents, of babies and toddlers. The book shows numerous different activities that toddlers might engage in which would be considered no-no’s and then the equivalent 'yes, you may' activities. Each activity combo is designed to be a light-hearted way of teaching toddlers the difference between good and bad choices. Do you have a toddler who is always getting into trouble? If so, this is the book for you.

No, No, No! by Justine Avery is a simply loveable book for toddlers filled with adorable pictures. The book is well suited for toddlers with repetitive language on the pages, which would allow for toddlers to chant the words alongside the reader. The pictures offer a clear image of each activity that allows the toddler to understand the action without the author needing to use words to explain them. I personally liked the way the book did not just focus on the most expected activities like playing and napping, but also activities like playing in a sandbox instead of a cat’s litter box or how scissors should not be used to cut a dog’s fur, but instead only for crafting with a parent. I particularly liked the scene with the scissors as the craft scene made sure to include not just the toddler, but also the adult in the activity so that the child would know that they should not use scissors alone. Overall, this is a very sweet book filled with important lessons for toddlers and is a must-have for parents trying to teach their children acceptable behaviors.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford

“No.” How many times does a baby’s Mom have to say “No?” More than you can imagine. Moms don’t want to say, “No,” but sometimes it’s a matter of safety, not just for the baby, but other members of the family, too. For example, standing on a step stool to touch a hot stove is not a good idea. So, of course, Mom says, “No.” Playing in the cat’s litter box as if it’s a sandbox is not a healthy activity. So, of course, Mom says, “No.” It’s also not a good idea to play with the garbage or to tear up a book. So, what can Mom do other than say, “No?” Well, this Mom has some creative alternatives. If the baby wants to touch a stove, encourage him/her to play with their very own toy stove. If the baby wants to play in a sandbox, make it a real sandbox outside, instead of the cat’s litter box.

Justine Avery’s picture book story, No, No, No!, will have young readers laughing along with this baby’s antics. The author uses the repeated "No" for each forbidden activity, complete with an illustration of the forbidden activity, followed by an “Okay, okay, Yes, you may,” and an illustration of a creative, more positive alternate activity. There is no other text. The story of ‘no’ versus ‘yes’ is clearly revealed in the illustration. The repeated words will become familiar to the young reader and perhaps encourage early word recognition which is the beginning of reading skills. This is very much an interactive book, as the young reader will be encouraged to discuss what is forbidden and what is allowed. It presents the message with clear simplicity, marginal use of vocabulary, and bright, colorful illustrations. The young reader will learn good behavior, right from wrong, what is safe and what is not safe, good manners and respect for others and other people’s property. A simple but thorough presentation.