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I Just Don't Like the Sound of No! My Story About Accepting No for an Answer and Disagreeing the Right Way! (Best Me I Can Be) Paperback – August 15, 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Boys Town Pr; 1 edition (August 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934490253
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934490259
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 8.8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Julia Cook does it again! She uses her creative ideas to teach kids the skills they need to grow socially. This book teaches all people how to accept "No" for an answer in non-threatening way. I'm excited to add this to my counseling library. Finally, the Boys Town Social Skill model is being brought to life and all of us will benefit from it. --Diana Waggoner, Executive Director, The Kim Foundation

About the Author

Julia Cook is a former teacher and school counselor who has written more than a dozen books on behavior and health for children, including My Mouth is a Volcano and It s Hard to be a Verb. Her light, humorous approach keeps kids laughing while they re learning good behavior skills. She has received the Association for Educational Publishers Distinguished Achievement Award.

More About the Author

With over a million books in print, Julia Cook, a former school counselor and teacher, never dreamed she could evolve into an award-winning children's book author. Several years ago, Julia was searching for an effective story to teach children about the differences between tattling and telling. When she couldn't find the right resource, she decided to write her own book - Tattle Tongue. Fast forward seven years later, and she has more than 50 published books and activity guides. She now travels the country inspiring others to follow in her footsteps. "There are so many ideas out there that need to be shared" says Julia who takes top research and creativity and translates it into "kid language" that is both entertaining and engaging. Her light, humorous approach keeps kids laughing while they're learning good behavior skills. The goal behind all of Julia's books and efforts is to actively involve people into her fun and creative stories and teach them to become life-long problem solvers.

Julia has received the Association for Educational Publishers Distinguished Achievement Award, and her books have been honored by the National Parenting Center and Mom's Choice Awards. Her books have been referenced in such publications as Parent's Magazine, The New Yorker, The Chicago Tribune, Yahoo.com, drlaura.com, and babyzone.com and she has also been featured on CNN's HLN News, and several large metropolitan networks.

Julia has presented in more than 800 schools across the country and regularly delivers keynote addresses at national education, counseling and character conferences. In her spare time, Julia enjoys spending time with her husband and family.

In order to teach a child, you must enter their view of the world.
- Julia Cook

Customer Reviews

This story will help them learn a valuable social skill in a fun way.
Wild About Reading
What I like about this book, is that it gives children a step by step way to help them accept being told "NO".
M. George
My 4 year old really likes this book, though it is probably more effective with slightly older kids.
Alex's Mom

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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful By C. Keenan on October 16, 2011
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I was surprised by how much my 5-y-o son LOVES this book. He wants us to read it over and over, and really "got" the concept and lately he isn't arguing at every single 'no" in his otherwise good life but sometimes actually says "okay, mommy!" and moves onto the next subject , smiling a knowing smile (if only all us adults had a book for us about how to take "no" so well). even better, he seems to "get" in a new way that there's a "good" way and a not-so-good way to disagree with others. it is an entertaining and cute book and i think frankly he likes it not for any embedded lessons but really because it's a cute story and appealing to a 5-y-o brain and humor. i rarely do reviews but wanted to take the time to highly recommend this book to others b/c it is very simple but a surprising little jewel.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By M. Ostrowski on June 1, 2012
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I purchased this book because I just loved the title!! *AND* The Amazon Preview showed it to have some GREAT content. My boys (ages 6 & 8) LOVE this book! My 6 year old took it into class for sharing and all the children LOVED it!! My 8 year old has Aspergers & ADHD, he could really relate to this book and enjoyed it greatly. He also shared it with his class and they thought it was great! The illustrations are wonderful, the children read this over and over again ... and they really are getting better at dealing with getting "NO" for an answer ... BONUS!! I am purchasing more Julia Cook books for my home and for the teachers at my boy's school. I highly recommend this book it you have children up to about 8 years of age.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Victoria on March 12, 2014
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I'm a child therapist and a mom with a 4 year old who does not like the sound of no! I was excited to try out this book. As I was reading it to my son, he was really engaged and really seemed to understand the concepts in the book. It was a great conversation starter for him. Then it got to the end of the book where the teacher tells the boy in the story about the "say yes to no club", where basically the boy can get his name in a drawing to win prizes if he accepts "no" as an answer from other people. I was quite disappointed! I was hoping for a tool to help kids learn about accepting no, but not just another method of bribing them into accepting no. I want my children (and children I work with in therapy) to learn about limit setting and accepting no, but I don't want to have to reward them to get them to respond appropriately. So basically the book was not something I could use as a helpful tool unless I decided to do some sort of "say yes to no" reward system like she does in the book. At one point, I tried to talk to my son about saying yes to no, like they do in the book. And his response was "Well then do I get a prize for saying yes to no?" Totally not the lesson I wanted him to take from the book.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By LaurelK on November 21, 2011
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As an elementary counselor I have parents and teachers tell me when their child/student struggles with hearing "no". This book really gives kids a new way to think about accepting no for an answer. It almost becomes a game as we make eye contact and see their wheels turning to think of how they are going to respond. Great book to have and use at home and at school! The activity book is a must if you are a counselor or teacher using this book!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Heather Cammisa on June 20, 2012
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I have been working very hard with my daughter who has ADD about being respectful and how to go about things the right way. Everything in this book reiterrated what I have been telling her and as she read, she would look at me funny and say something like, "it sounds like you wrote this". The pictures and fun tone of the book made what I have been telling her more concrete and we really enjoy reading it together. We have talked about reading it more than once because she says she thinks it really helps her. She can remember a story in a book more than a lecture from mom, or being told to do something so it helps her set good limits and be respectful. I have purchased more of Julia Cooks books and even though I was worried that they would be a little "young" for my daughter who just turned nine, they were written in a manner that did not seem to juvenile for her. Cook's books are an amazing tool for helping kids work through some behavior issues in a fun and positive way!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Alex's Mom on September 19, 2011
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My 4 year old really likes this book, though it is probably more effective with slightly older kids. When I say no and she starts to disagree, I remind her to "say yes to no" and it actually works sometimes! We make it fun by practicing how to respond when I say no to her.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By D. Leslie on April 16, 2013
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First of all, the book is really hard to get through b/c it's so nagging. I cannot imagine anyone actually enjoying reading this book aloud. It's pretty agonizing and super whiny if you ask me.

Secondly, it is very lecturing and negative. And the actual lessons aren't very rich. It's just a bunch of "nooooo RJ, nooooo RJ, nooooooooooo RJ." The "lesson" beyond noooo RJ is overly complex. Like saying "I'm going to agree to disagree that we are always going to agree. Got it?'

Most importantly, if your child is too young this will just FURTHER TEACH THEM WAYS TO SAY NO and nag you. Trust me. And if they're too old, they'll get annoyed quickly by the nagging tone of the book and want it to hit the shelf.

If your kid doesn't need the lesson, this isn't a good one for evening reading (it's stressful). And if your kid DOES need the lesson, find a better book or create little scenarios in your own book that better teach it.

This goes to the recycle bin.
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