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No No Yes Yes (Leslie Patricelli board books) Board book – February 26, 2008
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The baby that appears on every page has a big happy face, a single curl and wears only a diaper. It doesn't matter if it's a boy or a girl. On each page the baby is doing an activity. On the left side it's a No, No activity like eating dog food or putting toys in the toilet, on the right side it's a corresponding Yes, Yes activity like eating a banana or using the potty for its intended use. It's a very clear message to young kids on what to do and what not to do.
Kids and parents alike will enjoy the humor. The cat's face and RROWR above its head when baby pulls its tail are perfect. On the page where baby marks on the walls, notice the sleeping dog also has purple and red marks on his fur, and baby's belly has a purple mark, too.
With painted acrylic artwork, bold black outlines and colorful backgrounds, the simple presentation is perfect for its audience.
The other board books in the Patricelli canon are Baby Happy Baby Sad, Big Little, Binky, Blankie, Dummy, Quiet Loud and Yummy Yucky.
The illustrations are great for pointing, labeling, and discussing.
The book is obviously geared towards toddlers, but its simplicity lends itself well to teaching preschool children, especially children with special needs, social expectations.
Much like Curious George, this book CAN give your child new ideas for how to misbehave. BUT it can also be a great tool to help curb destructive behavior before it starts.
We love the simplicity of the book. It's easy for even a pre-verbal child to understand.
On the other hand, I love this book simply for what it is: a demonstration that there is a good way and a not as good way to do things, and all of us get things wrong sometimes. It is great for my perfectionistic 5 year old to see that he's not the only one who does things wrong sometimes. It is great for my rebellious 3 year old who loves seeing someone else "get in trouble" for the no no's. And, it is great for my 1 year old, who is still simply learning the basics. There are few books that will last years, but I think this is one of them considering the age bracket it appeals to. I love all the books in this series, from Big Little to Yummy Yucky to Potty and beyond. They are all great and this is no exception.
I would prefer not to give my two year old ideas of things to do to ruin our house. Here are the no-nos pictured in the book: a kid pouring his bowl of food on his head, drawing on the walls and the dog, picking his nose, eating the dog food, throwing his toys and the toilet paper roll in the toilet, hitting another kid over the head with a hammer, pulling the cat's tail, cutting his own hair with scissors, running away from his daddy, ripping up a book, and pouring water out of the bathtub.
Maybe I'm strange, but I can't imagine a mom wanting her kid to see a picture of a child with a huge smile as he hits another kid over the head with a hammer. Sure, the book is cute and funny, and I'm sure toddlers think it's funny, which makes it even worse. I will never let my kid see this book, and I would highly recommend that other parents don't buy it for their kids either.
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I love Leslie Patricelli books in general but I wish this one didn't have the baby smiling when it was doing something wrong.Published 3 days ago by Elizabeth
Very simple but has nice pics and you can always add to story when reading it.Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
My son loved this book from the first time I read it to him. He likes to read it to me now.Published 12 days ago by Melinda
I wish there was just a little more to this. Every page is simply "no no" "yes yes" with a picture. They're the only words in the book, there's no story. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amy
I think this book should have a warning message saying (Read only with adult supervision)!. I bought it for my 18mo son. Read morePublished 1 month ago by nohaabd