Wednesday, December 9, 2009
1000 Times No by Mr. (Tom) Warburton
It's time to leave says Noah's mother, but Noah doesn't want to. "No!" he shouts. But he doesn't stop there. He tells her no in Latin, Dutch, Japanese, Tagalog, even in Robot! Mr. Warburton, creator of Cartoon Network's Codename: Kids Next Door, outdoes himself in this hilarious celebration of every toddler's favorite word.
I was intrigued by the idea of this book, especially since I’ve quickly found out how much kids love to say ‘no.’ And I wanted to like this book, but I ended up feeling ambivalent about it. The very simple premise is that the child (called Noah, of course) (ha ha) will not do what his mom wants him to do, and one no isn’t enough – he says it in different languages, through different mediums, and many different fonts. The illustrations are cute, but some of them seem little more than stereotypes of places and languages around the world. Some are clever – peas spelled out in no, a tin can conversation, a text message – but they weren’t enough to win me over. It might be a fun book to read with a child, especially a child who loves to say no. I'm interested in seeing what Mr. Warburton does next in picture books.
Read it with:
Let's Do Nothing - Tony Fucile
No, David - David Shannon
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! - Mo Willems