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Children's book giveaway this week: No! by Tracey Corderoy

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LaraMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 04-Jul-13 11:59:13

Meet Archie, a little boy adored by everybody, until he learns a new word..."No!" We have 50 copies of the picture book to give away.

Created by the award-winning author Tracey Corderoy, and bestselling illustrator Tim Warnes, No! is a fun and entertaining read for young children. Apply for a copy here, if you are lucky enough to receive a copy, we do expect you to post your, or your child's feedback, on this thread.

cornflakegirl Thu 04-Jul-13 12:53:04

Just applied - the pictures look lovely in this. Think DS2 would really enjoy it.

SisterMatic Tue 09-Jul-13 21:03:43

Me too, will be an appropriate read for my toddler at the moment grin

mummyto2boys01 Tue 09-Jul-13 23:29:51

Also applied - think my son would love this book. smile

Coppernob Thu 11-Jul-13 14:34:20

Just had an email saying I'll be getting a copy. Thank you. I'm sure my granddaughter will love it as 'No' is one of her favourite words!

HorseyGirl1 Thu 11-Jul-13 14:40:31

thank you thank you so much for this. I have never ever won anything but now I have! Can't wait to read it to my wee boy. Thanks again!

cornflakegirl Thu 11-Jul-13 20:49:17

Just seen we're getting one too - very exciting! Thanks Lara!

Crinklecut Sat 20-Jul-13 23:54:51

Looking forward to receiving my copy!

tinypumpkin Mon 22-Jul-13 20:08:19

Yay, we received ours today. DD2 (almost 4) really loved it. Very pertinent since I was getting no about various things at bedtime. She really liked the illustrations and the story. DD2 definitely started to engage with the story and anticipate what the character was going to say. A perfect bedtime read and just the right length.

Thank you, very happy customers in this house smile It will soon be a favourite I am sure.

cornflakegirl Mon 22-Jul-13 20:10:02

Our copy arrived today - thank you. We've read it several times and DS(3)really likes it, and kept asking me to read it again. The main character, Archie, has one word speech bubbles, and DS enjoys joining in with that part. He said that his favourite part is when it's about to rain and Archie won't come inside.

I thought that the pictures were beautiful and the story was good to read and to reread. I wouldn't buy it as a present though, because there is no real story development. It was just Child says No - Child gets comeuppance - Child changes. It wasn't annoying or preachy, but it was a bit too long for nothing to really happen. I felt like it should either be shorter, and maybe more like eg Jez Alborough's Hug (I think that inferred detail is something this book does well, like JA does), or have a real plot.

DH also wasn't keen on the fact that it suggests there is no polite / appropriate way to say no. He really likes the Dad when his braces are dangling down, and that the colour of the speech bubbles intensifies as Archie shouts louder.

I think for both of us that it's a book we'll happily read when DS asks, but not one we'd pull out and suggest to him.

HorseyGirl1 Mon 22-Jul-13 21:37:27

Just a quick line to say that our book arrived today and I have already read it twice to my little boy. It is a lovely book and know that it is one I will read and reread to him. The illustrations are really lovely and it's just a charming little story. I had already made up my mind to look out for this book as it sounded so nice and couldn't believe that I actually won a copy. Thanks again.

SisterMatic Tue 23-Jul-13 16:52:43

Thank you for my copy of this lovely book.
I really enjoyed the illustrations in this book as did DD, it made them really easy to explain. DD particularly liked the illustration of archie being left in the rain, she said 'oh no, its raining mummy, he is sad!'

It was just the right story length and is our bedtime book at the moment...she wants to read it again and again!

Crinklecut Tue 23-Jul-13 19:06:09

My DDs loved the illustrations in this book, they thought that Archie was really cute. they also commented on how his face got sadder as he realised that he had said no and missed out on a treat/fun.

The language was simple and easy to understand...my 5 year old read it several times to my 3 year old, and both were able to tell me what had happened.

DS2 (aged 3) loved this book straight away and we had some good chats about the relative merits of "yes" and "no" as an answer or favourite word. I really liked the way the pictures convey the emotions in the story, and it's such a simple message. Also the repeated "no" makes it good for learning to read.

More thoughts on my blog.

mootime Tue 23-Jul-13 20:50:47

We received our copy of this book yesterday and my son (3) instantly wanted to read it. It is beautifully illustrated, well written and with a clear and simple message.

I thought it was possibly a little simple for ds but he asked for it a bedtime yesterday and today, so he definitely enjoyed it. Dd (18mo) happily sat and listened too, although who knows if the message will go in!

Thanks again.

Coppernob Tue 23-Jul-13 21:37:21

I've had to read this several times today to my 3 year old granddaughter. She loved it and, judging by her sheepish expression, could identify with Archie!

clux73 Tue 23-Jul-13 21:40:07

My 4 year old was really pleased to receive this. She was very proud that she could read it herself - even adorable! We both loved the illustrations and thought Archie was very cute. Tomorrow we are passing it in to my 2 year old nephew as I think he is the perfect age for it.

littlewifey Tue 23-Jul-13 22:04:31

My daughter absolutely loved this book! Thank you Mumsnet.

lottegraham Tue 23-Jul-13 22:25:23

Beautiful book received my copy today. Lovely colourful pictures and great characters. my little one will love this when he is a little older. Im sure many parents can also relate to this story, which makes it more enjoyable to read smile x

mummyto2boys01 Tue 23-Jul-13 22:28:21

My copy arrived this morning - thank you Mumsnet.

Read it with my son right away and he really enjoyed the story and illustrations. It was easy for him to follow and he could definitely identify with Archie and the lesson he learned at the end of the story. smile A great story for children ages 3 and up. I would recommend it and it gets a thumbs up for my son too.

TummyMummy36 Wed 24-Jul-13 12:04:32

Thank you Mumsnet for the copy that came in yesterday, it is a sweet book!
Many children would relate to the theme instantly and the illustrations are thoughtfully done. DS2 is all of 6yrs, but was still mesmerised by this book - "Look, Mum! Archie is just like how I used to be, wearing the tiger dress forever after reading tiger book and getting a tiger toy! He even wears it to the nursery. Bet his Mum washes it after quietly taking it off him when he is sleeping, just like how you used to!". Apparently, the pictures in the book have so much to tell!

I think it is just the right size for a bedtime snug fit. And the scenes (and behaviour!) would be so very familiar to kids of similar age to chatter about before nodding off. Wonder how many parents are going to have to say "No!" to endless read-again requests!

Verdict : Simple, lovely bedtime read.
Borrow and read? Yes. Yes. Yes.
Buy for keeps?: Maybe not.
Buy for Presents?: Yes if BookPeople sold it, or perhaps in the school book fair, I just happen to know too many Archies grin)

Bakingtins Wed 24-Jul-13 17:27:03

Thank you Mumsnet for our copy. DS2 (3.1) really enjoyed it and we've read it several times already. He is enthusiastic about joining in with Archie shouting "no" and it did make him think when Archie started missing out and feeling sad. Lovely illustrations which we both appreciated.

HazelDormouse Thu 25-Jul-13 13:46:10

A lovely picture book. Archie is very cute and endearing. My ds rather likes saying Archie's lines of 'no' and at the end 'yes'. It is good to get him involved with the telling of the story. Thank you once more Mumsnet.

Doogle2 Thu 25-Jul-13 16:00:34

Thank you for the book. My 6 year old was very excited to receive this and has read it by himself. He loves the story and I think the pictures are lovely.

What a lovely book! and with a great message behind it and very apt for my son who is at the NO! stage for everything. We've really enjoyed reading this book, and you could see my son, aged just over 3 and half years, slowly grasping the idea that you can miss out on all sorts of nice things if you constantly say NO!

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