Saturday, May 23, 2009

1000 Times No

Warburton, Tom. 2009. 1000 Times No. HarperCollins.

How many different ways are there to say no? How many ways to express your defiance? Well, in 1000 Times No, one creative-and-very-stubborn-baby, Noah, shows us. Again. And again. And again. From "no" to "nyet" to "o-nay" and "dah dit dah dah dah." The illustrations--playful as can be--give some clue to the origin of the word 'no' in use. But the end papers shed further light on the situation! True, not all "no's" are from another language--writing no out in peas or finding it on a seek-and-find puzzle--but others are: Russian, Pig Latin, Arabic, Inuit, Scottish, Japanese, Hindi, greek, Dutch, Mandarin Chinese, Zulu, Korean, etc.

The book IS playful and fun. The illustrations are funny and match the mood perfectly. Just don't ask me to read it out loud.

© Becky Laney of Young Readers

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