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My No No No Day Hardcover – April 26, 2012

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Praise for My No No No Day by Rebecca Patterson:

"Patterson's tale is visually festive even as Bella does her best to wring darkness from every moment." —Kirkus Reviews

"One is reminded of the words of Addison DeWitt in All About Eve: 'You're maudlin and full of self-pity. You're magnificent!'" —Publishers Weekly

"...a good one to tuck away for a similarly dreadful day or to use as discussion about bad days for those too little for Viorst's Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day." —BCCB

"...any youngster who has experienced similar days will readily relate to Bella and be comforted to know that sunnier days do lie ahead." —School Library Journal

About the Author

Rebecca Patterson lives in Cambridge, England. This is her first picture book to be published in the United States.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (April 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670014052
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670014057
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #429,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By H. McLaughlin on June 19, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I love this book and so does my 4-year-old daughter. I think the author has met my kid.

We got this from the library. Each night my daughter gets to choose three books to read and she's picked this one every night for the past 3 weeks or so.

When I got bored reading it (even though I love it), I started reading it in different ways -- we read it as "My Yes Yes Yes Day" (I just modify to what Bella might say -- come on in and lick my jewelry Bob, have at it!), "My Singing Day" (Bella sings everything and we make that version positive too), "My Maybe Day" ("You can lick my jewelry, wait, no, I changed my mind, that's gross.")...you get the idea.

Did this book teach my kid to whine? LOL NO WAY. She had that WAY down pat before the book. I do think reading the book in different ways helps her to think about alternate responses to the same situation.

Rebecca Patterson can you please write more books?
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My 3 year old son loves this book. I think it gives him a chance to scold another kid for having a bad day and making bad choices (as opposed to being scolded himself!).
It has given us words to use for when we're just having a bad day - we're having a no, no, no day like Bella.
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Bella is having a day that I am sure we all have experienced at one time or another. She is beside herself from the time she wakes up until the time she goes to bed. She opens her eyes in the morning to find her little brother licking her jewellery....yep, out goes the tongue and ....slurrpp...yum. Bella is not amused and screams ,"Get out of my room." Her day goes downhill from there with the dislike of her egg at breakfast time, to a play-date she doesn't want to keep and then an annoying trip to the market where she let's everyone around her know her true feelings. She is loud, irritating and grumps through her day making everyone around her feel exactly the same. She spreads her negativity generously and at the end of the day her sweet mom, with patience spreading thin, puts Bella to bed with a cuddle and a good story. Bella, once she is quiet and reflective, realized the errors of her behaviour and apologizes to her mom for the horrid way she has been acting all day long. Mom in her wisdom and a heart full of love for her cantankerous little tantrum thrower accepts the apology and responds, "We all have those days sometimes, but perhaps you will be more cheerful tomorrow!"

The illustrations are priceless and I loved them. Spot on. The message in the book is true because we all do, regardless of our age, experience such days. This book can be used as a valuable "teaching moment" where we can lay there with our child and go over her behaviour that day and discuss how she could have turned those negative emotions and outbursts into something positive and mood changing not only for herself but for the others around her. It is also an opportunity for Bella to go to someone, i.e. her brother, and say she is sorry for the way she behaved towards him. You are never too young to learn proper manners and etiquette and it all should begin at home under the tender care of a parent or guardian who truly cares for you.
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I got this book from the library for my 2 1/2 year-old daughter, and she LOVES it - so much that I plan to buy it for her once we've renewed it the maximum number of times! My daughter wants me to read it to her every day, often multiple times. The illustrations are priceless, and I think Bella's bad day is completely easy to relate to for toddlers and parents alike.

I've read the negative reviews, and am a little baffled as to what the reviewers would have done if their children were behaving like Bella. Bella's mother does not condone her daughter's behavior, but it's clear Bella's just having a very bad day and, being a toddler, has not yet learned how to handle those days quietly (I still have those days, and I'm an adult..!). My daughter definitely has those days, and it's generally obvious when it's just a bad day, the kind when nothing feels right to her, and when she is being purposely defiant. And yet the author, while sympathetic to Bella's feelings, clearly doesn't mean for children to think her behavior is "good", as shown by the other characters' irritated expressions.

My daughter seems to appreciate the book so much because, rather than being preachy like so many children's books, it offers her understanding; it's something she can relate to. And she gets excited to see Bella having a good, cheerful day at the end, every time we read it.
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After receiving this book as a gift some weeks ago and reading it probably several dozen times, I came to amazon to write a glowing review about its content and was pretty surprised to see the number of negative reviews concerning the book's ability to "teach your child to whine" or the "lack of punishment" for the young main character.

To sum up the book, young Bella describes all the ways in which she was a major brat on a particular day. You got everything in the toddler arsenal here: refusing a certain food, taking shoes off randomly, complaining about crap that doesn't amount to a hill of beans, yelling in public, etc. etc. Then (SPOILER ALERT!), Bella apologizes to her mommy at the end of the book and said it was a rough day, to which her mommy replies, "We all have those days sometimes." Then, Bella is shown as being "CHEERFUL ALL DAY LONG!" the following day.

I love this book because the pictures are really entertaining. The text changes places on almost every page and varies in size. When Bella's words are HUGE and in bold black text, I scream them and my kid laughs uncontrollably. Bella's baby brother's name is Bob, and a toddler pointing to a baby and saying, "Bob!" is hilarious. I can't stress enough the entertainment value of the way this book is composed. It is lots of fun for kids and lots of fun for the adult reading it. You can be as subdued or as outrageous as you want when you narrate this book to your child.

Now, all my personal additions:
If you're on the fence about the book, allow me to pull you off to my side. This book is HILARIOUS. I am 32 years old, I have two toddlers, and I am sick. to. death. of reading some of these books in my kids' room. I mean just sick.
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