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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 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!

tandt5 Mon 29-Jul-13 13:55:26

Thank you Mumsnet for our copy of No!
The book has been an instant hit with my 3 year-old daughter and my 5 year-old son.
I have to say No is not only Archie's favourite word but my kids' as well. This book gave them a wonderful opportunity to say and shout this word many times and see for themselves that it's not such a good idea to say it often. They are so happy to shout YES at the end and we usually discuss at length the storyline.
We all love the main character, the pictures are great and the story is long enough to grasp the main idea without kids losing interest.
A great book and I would highly recommend it to every parent who hears NO from a little one a bit too often.

DD (3.5) and I really enjoyed this. Lovely illustrations, an appealing main character and a clear message. DD wanted it re-read several times and since then we have had some useful chats about saying "yes" rather than "no". She told me she was our "Yes Girl" this weekend!

bkaz Tue 30-Jul-13 19:11:44

My little boy loves this story and I have to reread it to him. He likes to say the 'No' parts. Beautifully illustrated and good length.

Pumble Tue 30-Jul-13 19:34:59

My DD1 (2) loved this book. She wanted to read it over and over and was quoting it back to us the next day as she had enjoyed it so much. She loves putting lots of feeling when saying 'no'!!!

If I saw it in a bookshop I don't know if I would have bought it as there isn't a lot of 'story' as such but my daughters reaction would prove me wrong on that front. smile

Thank you very much for our copy smile

NumTumDeDum Thu 01-Aug-13 09:53:12

Finally had a chance to read No! To dd now she's back from her holiday. She loved it, joining in with saying no. She empathised with the main character and felt sorry for him when he was left in the rain. It led to a nice discussion about the word no and use of it which was helpful to me. Lovely illustrations, lovely story. Thanks for the book, we enjoyed it.

RunningKatie Sun 04-Aug-13 20:10:53

Thank you for the book.

DD (2.5) was very excited when the parcel arrived that it was for her. I had to read it a couple of times, and when DH arrived home she insisted they took it out when they went to buy some milk!

I like the illustrations and find it quite easy to talk around the pictures as there isn't much in the way of text.

DD has been using the No word rather excessively since we got the book but it doesn't appear to be one of her favourite books. It seems Thomas the Tank Engine wins at the moment.

Nice length of book but the story doesn't appear to have grabbed her attention enough for it to be a favoured bedtime book.

TandR Mon 05-Aug-13 18:20:53

Thank you MN for our copy of No! We've got mixed reviews in this house... Ironically it's my older child (nearly 6) who likes it and my younger (4) who doesn't.

Little child doesn't like the loud "no" bits (so could be my reading at fault). When I asked her if there's anything else she doesn't like she says (you've guessed it) "no"

Older child thinks that Archie is rude and it serves him right when he gets left out in the rain!

Personally I love the art work in this book, and I think it would be a good book to use with a younger child as it is short and the story isn't complicated. I think we'll have to donate this one to my niece, she would probably get more out of it than my two kids.

Amiable Tue 06-Aug-13 13:01:08

we got our copy (Thanks Mumsnet!) about 10 days ago. since then I have lost track of how many times it has been read - DD (7) loves reading it to Ds (3), who loves shouting out NO as loud as possible!

I'm not so sure about its merits as an aid to learning not to say no - the message seems a bit subtle to me, but it's a beautiful book, and very popular with the kids, so maybe the message will seep in!

I would recommend it to a friend, on the basis it's enjoyable and anything is worth a try when faced with the toddler tantrums!

debjani Mon 19-Aug-13 11:39:32

Delightful illustrations and a nice way for a small child to learn what difference a yes makes!

flowerlindsay Wed 21-Aug-13 21:17:41

Great book - all my four children aged between 1 and 9 enjoyed it! My 4 year old is called Archie so he particularly loved it and because of the word repetition he could even read some of it himself.
Great illustrations too. A very funny book that all ages can relate to and even mum has a giggle!
Thanks for the copy:-)

tiggersreturn Thu 29-Aug-13 13:39:29

Just a quick and late comment as ours arrived just before we went on holiday. A sweet book which my 6 year old enjoyed reading to his younger 2 year old brothers. Nice concept which he enjoyed more than they did. I liked the pictures.

BigGapMum Thu 05-Sep-13 20:39:58

A lovely book with a moral tale. Would be a particularly useful storybook to read to a toddler with a major "No" habit, to show the consequences of saying it. A nice cuddly ending, just the way DS and I like it.

My DS absolutely loves No. Great illustrations really help to tell the story of Archie's emotions. Lots of shouting "NO" going on as my DS have really enjoyed joining in. Top book!

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