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No Dogs Allowed!

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  229 Ratings  ·  56 Reviews
Welcome to Alberto's restaurant…unless you're a dog, a cat, a bunny, or ANYTHING with fur, feathers, or scales! The entertainment escalates in this nearly wordless picture book as more and more people arrive with a surprising selection of pets.  Alberto turns them all away--only to see the crowd discover a friendlier alternative in the festive street. Will Alberto find a w ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 2nd 2011 by Sterling Children's Books
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Sep 02, 2014 Serena rated it liked it
Most of the story is done in illustrations with little words and sentences to help. The story is about a man named Alberto who opens a bistro. On his opening day, he is welcoming anybody, until he sees a boy walking over with a dog. He quickly changes his sign to read that no dogs are allowed. When the boy leaves, he goes across the street and to a fountain to sit down. Suddenly, a girl with a cat appears and this prompts Alberto to change his sign once more. Now no dogs or cats are allowed. The ...more
Apr 03, 2012 Nicolette rated it liked it
This book barely had much text in it but the pictures told most of the story just fine. It was about a man that owned a restaurant and didn't want animals in his restaurant. Everytime he saw someone walk in with an animal he would add that animal on the list on the sign outside, saying which were not welcome. Finally, at the end, he found that by being inviting to everyone and all creatures he would have a lot more customers and make more friends!
May 16, 2014 Katy rated it it was ok
Shelves: easy, animals, lessons, city
Wordless picture book, with a small twist. There are signs that do have words to help tell the story. Not a good read-aloud.
In this beautifully illustrated wordless picture book readers meet a young boy and his dog hoping to have lunch at a restuarant with available outdoor seating. However the owner/manager of the place sees them coming and quickly changes the "welcome" sign to "no dogs allowed." Perturbed the boy and his dog head towards the fountain across from the place to sit. Then comes a young girl with a cat, a woman with a bunny and a fmaily with a kangaroo. The owner keeps changing the sign to reflect whate ...more
Shane Prevosto
Apr 12, 2012 Shane Prevosto rated it liked it

Alberto is the proud, new owner of a restaurant in the middle of town. Though he really looks forward to helping customers, he continues to tighten the requirements for the types of guests. In the beginning, a child and his dog approach the restaurant, hoping to order food. When they attempt to order from the waiter, he turns them away, because he doesn't want to serve a dog. He then proceeds to write on his 'chalkboard' sign: "No Dogs Allowed!" Another child comes to the restaurant, l
Mary Kate Garst
Nov 11, 2014 Mary Kate Garst marked it as childrensliterature
Summary: No Dogs Allowed is a wonderful book for children of early reading age. With very few lines of text it is in excellent lesson in learning to read to the pictures. It begins with a character named Alberto who owns City Lights restaurant. A young boy approaches with His dog and Alberto turns them away, writing 'no dogs allowed' on his sidewalk sign. Customer after customer approach the restaurant, all with different animals in tow. Eventually Alberto's sidewalk sign is expanded to include ...more
Gabriella Pugliese
No Dogs Allowed! written by Linda Ashman has not received any awards. This picture book is recommended for children ranging in grades preschool up to third grade.

No Dogs Allowed! is a wordless picture book. In Alberto's restaurant, dog, anything with fur, feathers, or scales are not allowed to enter the restaurant. As the story goes on more and more people begin to arrive with a vast selection of pets. The owner of the restaurant turns them all away because he believes that they should not be a
Sep 26, 2012 Linda rated it it was amazing
This is nearly a wordless picture book, and what I call a ‘building’ story, where it adds to the same thing, page after page, getting more outrageous as it goes along. It begins at a small sidewalk café with a rather snooty waiter/owner? who first chalks on his menu board “No Dogs allowed!” which is the title. Next added to the list of those not welcome are cats, then bunnies, and on, until finally someone shows up with an elephant. The restaurant is clearly losing business and a local lemonade- ...more
Sep 09, 2016 Tara added it
including everyone, acceptance
Nick Molinet
Apr 10, 2013 Nick Molinet rated it really liked it
This one of those books that is short and doesn't really have a great story line but it has great characters, narration and pictures. This is the book of a restaurant owner and of all the animals that he has to say no because they are not allowed although in the end he changes his mind and makes his restaurant open to all people and animal around.

LE: after the story, ask the children if they have been somewhere where they weren't allowed to bring in their pets. After the discussion give them pap
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Nov 23, 2011 Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance rated it really liked it
A waiter in a Parisian bistro adamantly refuses to serve dogs. Or cats. Or any other animals his human patrons attempt to sneak in. And finally the animal-loving humans are forced to seek sustenance from a street vendor, who doesn’t have close to enough food for the throngs of people and their animals who visit. Now the street vendor and the people and their animals must petition the waiter for help.

“No Dogs Or Cats Allowed” (sign on chalkboard at bistro)
Woman arrives with a bunny in her arms.
Audra Rowell
Feb 16, 2013 Audra Rowell rated it really liked it
Shelves: kiddie-lit
I'm always on the hunt for a good wordless picture book. With the right one, you can do so many great instructional things. And No Dogs Allowed is a wonderful find. While it's not absolutely, completely wordless, it is the detailed and vivid illustrations that tell the story of a waiter who insists that no animals visit his restaurant. What he doesn't realize is the number of people who have pets and the variety of pets that people have. It is only when his restaurant sits empty that the waiter ...more
The story of a town and their different animals is told through creative illustrations and simple text. The people of the town want to go eat at a fancy cafe, but are not allowed by the owner because of their unique friends. The owner keeps scaring them off, but in the end he realizes that friends can come in many different shapes and sizes. This story shows examples of dialog and gets readers to use their own imagination to fill in what's going on. That being said, this book can definitely be u ...more
Ashley D--
Jan 11, 2013 Ashley D-- rated it liked it
This book is more wordless-ish than wordless, since the waiter is constantly adding writing to the "no dogs allowed" sign, but it is a great opportunity for kids who are just learning to read to start to anticipate written words based on the story found in the illustrations.

The style of illustration is crisp and full of details that bring each page to life. The story is funny and has a happy ending that focuses on acceptance and inclusion.
Dec 23, 2011 Angie rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is an almost completely wordless picture book about a poor waiter who doesn't want animals in his restaurant. Unfortunately, they just keep on coming and setting up in the plaza around him. By the end he has compromised and his place is open for business for everyone. The joy of this book is the illustrations, which tell of the waiters frustrations and the party going on around him. It is a fun book and kids will enjoy pouring over the pictures to find all the details.
Danica Midlil
Okay, so I understand this is a simple picture book, but this got me a little riled up. People today think that it is totally acceptable to take their pets Everywhere and this book reminded me of this annoyance. I'm on the waiter's side. There is nothing wrong with not wanting furry beasts in your restaurant, hair salon, Ikea!, or what have you! Leave your pets at HOME people!
Micah Walls
Apr 07, 2012 Micah Walls rated it it was amazing
A fun book about someone who is not very happy and does not allow other animals into his restaurant. Really provides detail to students to be nice to everyone and invite them to do other things with them. Such a great message and could be a great read aloud for any grade level. Highly suggest this one!
Oct 08, 2011 Tricia rated it liked it
Almost wordless, this is a title to pour over with a small audience. A waiter doesn't want any of the many animals that happen along to his cafe to be served. As a result a small lemonade/ice cream cart in the park is overrun with business. Children will delight in the cooperation between the two servers in this book with a happy ending.
Claire Freeman
Apr 22, 2012 Claire Freeman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 365-a
This story is told mainly through pictures. It is a sequence of pictures that involve signs and a few word bubbles to tell the story. I was intrigued by the different style of illustration throughout this book. At the beginning the store owner does not want any type of animal to enter his store, but in the end he realizes that he must look past this to receive customers!
Nancy Jo Lambert
This book will be a huge hit with the kids because it is a wordless picture book. I am a storyteller, so I love to read these books at storytime. The kids know that when a say it is a wordless picture book, magic happens. This is beautifully illustrated and such a fun story it will be very easy to bring the magic!
Dan Shonka
Sep 27, 2015 Dan Shonka rated it it was amazing
I love this book. The illustrations are detailed, expressive, fun, and teach a lesson. The only words in the entire book are the ones on the signs of the restaurant and the shops. The growing absurdity of the situation is certain to bring giggles to your youngster. Lighten up, and you may even join in. At the end of the book, it's a party of epic proportions. Check it out.
Mar 24, 2016 Tara rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens, animals
This book is so super cute. Minimal reading, it's mostly about looking at the pictures and interpreting what is happening. The illustrations are cute, detailed, and fun to look at. And the story is not just about a dog, but all kinds of animals. Very fun, I'd like to add it to my bookshelf.
Jun 23, 2012 Becky rated it it was amazing
Fun read with a moral. Every time we read it, we find new things in the pictures and tell the story in a different way. Allows my 3-year old to be creative with the storytelling; nice change from Dr. Seuss and many others where there is little room to play with the story.
Nov 02, 2011 Shelli rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Mostly silly pictures tell the story of a man named Alberto who just wants to run a quiet little restaurant. Seems that in this town EVERYONE who comes looking for a meal has some sort of animal friend with them. Albert is going to have to make some changes if he wants to keep his restaurant open.
Aug 28, 2011 John rated it liked it
Shelves: wordless-books
No Dogs Allowed is a nearly wordless picture book that is told through signs. It reminds me of Once Upon a Banana, by Jennifer Armstrong and illustrated by Caldecott Medal-winning artist David Small.

The illustrations were created digitally.
Sassy School Counselor
I really like this book. I want to use it to discuss tolerance and inclusion. It would also be a good book to use when talking about segregation and laws that were passed to exclude certain groups. For classrooms that have problems with cliques it's also a great book.
When a snooty restaurant doesn't allow dogs, cats, or anything with fur, feathers, or scales to sit on their patio, potential patrons take their business elsewhere, leaving the restaurant with virtually no customers.
Nov 03, 2012 Angie rated it really liked it
I do love this story. Shows what having an accepting and welcoming attitude can do.

I, however, am not a natural storyteller--I need the words on the page to help! So I'm not exactly sure how to share this one with the kids in a group setting. Will definitely recommend for checkouts, though.
Ben Dorer
Sep 25, 2015 Ben Dorer rated it liked it
This is a fun and quick book that would be great for very young children. It has a good message, and could spark some discussions about inclusion. It has fun illustrations and some silliness to keep the kids interested.
Jun 24, 2012 Vrena rated it liked it
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Linda Ashman's children's books have been named to the "best of the year" lists of the New York Times, Parenting Magazine, Child Magazine, New York Public Library, the Bank Street College of Education, the IRA/CBC and more. She is also the author of The Nuts and Bolts Guide to Writing Picture Books .

Linda lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with her husband, Jack Hicks, their son Jackson, and
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