Tuesday, April 29, 2008

No No Yes Yes by Leslie Patricelli

No No Yes Yes by Leslie Patricelli

Reading level: Ages 2-4
Board book: 24 pages
Publisher: Candlewick; Brdbk edition (February 26, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0763632449
ISBN-13: 978-0763632441
Source of book: Purchased own copy at bookstore

At nearly 14 months old, my little chica is beginning to understand the meaning of "yes" and "no." While she can't say the words yet, she nods or shakes her head, and when she's getting ready to do something she knows she's not supposed to (like eat dog food...ewww), she'll sneakily look around to see if anyone's looking.

Needless to say, we're having a lot of fun with Leslie Patricelli's No No Yes Yes . In the book, a baby dressed only in a diaper with one springy curl coming out of the top of its head does a variety of both good and bad things. On the left side of each interior spread, the baby is doing something he/she shouldn't be doing, such as eating dog food, pulling the cat's tail, and dumping bath water on the floor. "NO NO" is written across the top of these pages. On the right side of the page, the baby is doing something he/she SHOULD be doing, such as eating a banana instead of dog food, gently petting the cat, and keeping the bathwater and toys in the bathtub. "YES YES" is written across the top of these pages.

The humorous pictures will make children laugh, and with "no no" and "yes yes" as the only words in the book, children and parents can make up their own stories. A fun way to teach the "Yes/No" concept, this book would make a nice gift for young children.


  1. Oh Jill, I love this book! I do! I've had Leslie Patricelli on my list of things I've wanted to blog about since I started my blog. I guess I should actually do it. We just bought this one for my two year olds' Easter basket because this is my little guy to a T. He runs down the sidewalk, he pours water out of the bathtub, he's put stuff in the toilet, he's colored the wall, among many other things. The only thing is he doesn't eat the dog food or pull the cat's tail simply because we don't have pets.

    At the moment, we have most all of Patricelli's books in the car and while waiting to pick up my husband from work, I can hear my toddler saying no, no, yes, yes over and over. We love Quiet Loud, Baby Happy Baby Sad and Yummy Yucky equally as well.

  2. Natasha,
    I'm so glad you like this book, and my little one is on her way to doing everything the baby in the book does.

    I have to tell you that at the store, I had a difficult time choosing just one of Leslie Patricelli's books, but my book buying gets a little out of control. I have to limit myself, but I'm definitely adding her other ones to my wish list.