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Wednesday, 7 August 2013

No! by Tracey Corderoy and Tim Warnes


Archie was adorable. Everybody said so. Until one day he learned a new word..."No!" Archie says "No!" at mealtimes, bath times, and every single bedtime...A hilarious tale that's perfect for parents whose toddler may be over-using the word "No!" and finding themselves suddenly tackling tantrums. The cheeky, charming Archie will win the hearts of children and parents alike. From the award-winning author Tracey Corderoy (The Grunt and The Grouch, Monty and Milli) and illustrated by the best-selling Tim Warnes (I Love You as Big as the World, I Don't Want to Go to Bed!), No! is set to become a laugh-out-loud picture book classic.

Tracey Corderoy is one of my favourite authors, not only is she a lovely lady (My daughter and I often meet up with her at her crafty book events at Waterstone's Worcester) but she writes fantastic books. Tracey's books cover a wide range of ages, with some books suitable for the very young and others suitable for 9+.  She writes about cute little animals (Willow Valley) and also horrible creatures (The Grunt and the Grouch), and some of her latest books are about a criminal gang, The Unstoppables, which are suitable for the older age range.

This book is about Archie, a cute and adorable rhinoceros, who has learnt a new word: No! It is his answer to everything - i certainly remember my son going through this stage. However, when asked if he would like a hug, he soon learns a new answer.

Archie is adorable and I loved him in his little tiger onesie.  It is a great story and the illustrations are gorgeous - they would make a great design on nursery items. The style of the book reminds me of Wibbly Pig and i am sure that Archie would make a great character for a range of books (any chance Tracey?). The story teaches children an important lesson.

The book would make a great story at story time and I can hear children of all ages shouting 'No' while listening to the story being told to them. It is a well constructed story and the words and illustrations are a perfect compliments to each other.

I would recommend this as a great gift for children up to 5 years of age.

Thank you to the publishers, Little Tiger Press, for sending me the book to review.

This book is part of Little Tiger Press' reading rocks summer campaign and more resources can be found: here including colouring pages and activities.

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