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Oh, No!

3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,263 Ratings  ·  295 Reviews
Jungle creatures try to help first Frog and then others out of a hole before Tiger gets them.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 11th 2012 by Schwartz & Wade
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Wendy Darling
This is definitely a picture book more suited for very young children, as the story is very simple and the language is sing-songy, with many repetitive phrases and rhymes and very few surprises. I think it'd be a nice book to read aloud for story time, complete with prompts for high-pitched sound effects by a valiant adult, though I'm not sure it's one that is destined to become a perennial favorite.

I very much like the illustrations, however, particularly the sly tiger and the grumbly bear. A
Absolutely can not look through this book without wanting to read it out loud. Compelling rhythm and rhyme patterns that are not too slavishly kept, which keeps the text feeling organic with a rich oral quality. Rich vocabulary too, the less-familiar animals; the juicy sounds; varied word choices (sniffled, whopping, grumbled, groaned, slunk) that aren't too much of a stretch for a younger listening audience. And the way the last verse almost exactly echoes the first one...nice touch that helps ...more
Jim Erekson
Feb 01, 2013 Jim Erekson rated it liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
Rohmann has tried a new palette, and his woodcut-style outlines really work with this content. This book has great rhythm, and poetic usage that makes it a great read-aloud choice. The rhythm reminds me of other great books that forego rhyme, but have a distinct cadence (Owl Babies by Waddell & Benson comes to mind). The repeated chorus also reminded me of Charlotte Pomerantz & James Marshall's Piggy in the Puddle (even though this one rhymes). The prosody choices for reading the two-wor ...more
Kacy Sutton
Oct 24, 2012 Kacy Sutton rated it it was amazing
“Oh, No!” is about a little frog that falls into a huge hole. The hole happens to be right by where a tiger is sleeping. The frog is too little to jump out, so he calls for help. Different animals come along and try to help, but they end up falling in too. The tiger wakes up and looks down the hole. Instead of tiger seeing an opportunity to help the trapped animals out, he sees a nice, easy-to-catch meal. He leaps in, hoping to get some dinner, but elephant comes along in the nick of time to sav ...more
Dec 03, 2013 Rilee rated it it was amazing
“Oh, No!” is a story about a group of animals who get themselves into a very sticky situation. As they try to get out, the problem only gets worse. A prowling tiger heightens their anxiety. The illustrations in this book are colorful and the characters’ emotions show clearly on their faces. This book is a suspenseful page turner with a cliff hanger ending and is excellent for children of many reading levels.

This would be a great book for a research project lesson. Children will choose an animal
Nov 25, 2013 Alexandria rated it really liked it
A tiger is hungry and looking for a tasty treat. First he chases a frog into a deep hole, “Oh, No!” he exclaims. How is he to get out? Animal after animal attempts to help, but one after another they follow behind, joining the previous into the deep, deep hole. Meanwhile, Tiger lurks in jungle waiting to make his move and devour them all! In the end, he himself winds up in the hole while the others get rescued by an elephant.

This is a cute story that young readers will love! It teaches the impo
Oct 18, 2012 Jessica rated it it was ok
I had looked forward to Oh, No! for quite some time, ever since I had read tons of positive and starred reviews on it. I definitely think I'm in the minority on this, but I thought it was just ok. I really did enjoy Caldecott-winner Eric Rohmann's illustrations--they were simple yet vibrant. But the text left me wanting. It's very repetitive, and not in a good way. There's definitely a place for repetition in picture books; it helps children to learn words and phrases. But the phrases repeated a ...more
Sep 12, 2012 Alli rated it it was amazing
Oh, No, wrote by Candace Fleming I feel is a very good candidate for the 2013 Caldecott-winner. This vibrant book would be delightful for all young children. The repetitive tone and also the amazing artwork within the book will draw children’s attention. This would be an astonishing read aloud for a younger classroom! I really enjoyed how Fleming put sounds of each animal intertwined into the book, I feel as if children would find it funny and entertaining to hear there teach talk in such funny ...more
Sep 12, 2012 paula rated it it was amazing

And the only problem with watching adorable children pretend to be a mouse and a sun bear and a slow loris and pretend to fall down a hole and then all call out "Oh no!" would be... not getting to see the excellent Eric Rohmann illustrations. These are illustrations executed in a greeny earthtone palette, dappled with filtered sunlight and stroked with brushy highlights.

I like Eric Rohmann as much as the next sentient mammal (which is to say a lot), but this is his bes
Karen A.
Sep 25, 2012 Karen A. rated it it was amazing
Lush, vibrant, and strongly outlined characters help illustrate this fablesque story. Children will love the many opportunities to assist each creature with their individual cries (frog yells Ribbitoops as he falls into a large hole)and then join in the chorus of Oh No!! as each one realizes their plight. They will also take equal pleasure in the crafty tigers eventual cry of Oh No! as the tables are turned. This would pair nicely with "Monkey: A Trickster Tale from India" for a nice jungle them ...more
Sep 29, 2012 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: childrens, rhyming, 2012
This is a fun book to read aloud. The rhyming, rhythmic, and repetitive narrative is perfect for young audiences and the illustrations are comic and colorful. The story lends itself nicely to a group read, where children will be ready to add an enthusiastic "Oh, no!" at the right place.

We loved the different animals in this tale and hypothesized about the setting of the book. Even though the level of this book is a bit young for our girls, we enjoyed reading it together.
Jul 09, 2015 Dov rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book, kids
At first I was a bit annoyed by the repetitiveness and simplicity, especially perhaps after having read several really lovely picture books (many of them over and over again) with a 4 year old who's favorite books right now are "Chloe and the Lion", "Bee-Wigged" and "Goldilocks and Just One Bear." But there's a quiet (sly?) wit, and the art is great and I've always enjoyed folk-tales. I don't see this one becoming a favorite, but I'm glad I got it out of the library.
Aug 07, 2015 Mommooshka rated it really liked it
This is a great read along book. Young kids will love reading along with the frequent line, "Oh, no!", which not only adds to the fun but will also begin to teach letter recognition and the ability to read those common, simple words. With only a little help, they'll soon recognize the two words when they see them elsewhere!

The simple, dramatic illustrations are also wonderful.

My only reservation and the reason I didn't give the book 5 stars is that the ending leaves the tiger trapped in the same
Adrienne Furness
Oh, the illustration of the tiger clinging to the branch for dear life--perfection! The book is so beautifully designed, too, with just the perfect kind of paper to showcase Rohmann's illustrations. And did you catch the jacket flap bleeding into the endpapers? Clever, clever. Fleming's language is wonderful to read aloud. Just love the whole thing.
Maria Burel
Sep 24, 2012 Maria Burel rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The illustrations in this book are stunning, and take up the entire space on each page. Chock full of onomatopoeia and action verbs, it's a fun story to read aloud. Young readers will have to pay extra attention to the illustrations, as some parts of the story are explained only through the pictures.
This reminded me of the opposite of Stuck by Oliver Jeffers. One by one jungle animals fall in a hole, in danger of a hungry tiger pouncing upon them. Fortunately, an elephant saves the day! Kids will enjoy the animal sounds. I will use this in our word play unit for onomatopeoia.
A variety of animals fall into a hole that's too large to escape. Familiar refrains, animal noises, and repetition make this a GREAT read aloud. Illustrations are excellent and display each animal's distinctive markings in a soft way. Must see/read!
Niki (Daydream Reader)
My second graders loved this book. They loved the repeating lines and pictures. They also pointed out the onomatopoeia and exclamation points. We had just talked about exclamation points. Great book and I love the surprise ending!
Terry Smith
Jun 16, 2014 Terry Smith rated it did not like it
This book has nice pictures but the story is so wrong! A tiger pit is used and then the tiger is left in it. And we are suppose to feel good about that? I don't think so! I would not read this in any classroom.
May 17, 2012 Stacy268 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
I can already picture my classes performing this choral style. A cumulative tale of sorts, where the animals of the jungle fall down in a hole one after the other, as tricky tiger watches on.
Crysta Xue
Dec 03, 2014 Crysta Xue rated it did not like it
Shelves: children-s-lit
I hated this book! I found the underlined message is to bully those who may not be your best friend.
Dec 02, 2014 Tamara rated it it was ok
This is an interesting book and the drawings were done beautifully, but I don't know that I like the message of the book. Why is a tiger villainized when there is a bear there as well? Bears are omnivores... they eat small animals, too. Yet, they abandon the tiger in a pit to die. I just think that, after studying literature, it's already far too easy to have an "other." Or, if you are going to make distinctions, which I don't really appreciate, then why wouldn't the bear be in there? It's arbit ...more
Can't wait to read this one aloud with all of the fun animal sounds.
Oct 04, 2012 Lori rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture
Loved it. Simple, rhythmic, rain forest, great illustrations.
Edward Sullivan
Sep 11, 2012 Edward Sullivan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
A fabulously fun collaboration, perfect for reading aloud.
Whole And
Oct 05, 2014 Whole And rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
Beautiful illustrations and lovely paper quality.

The book has a real earthy feel, love turning the pages and holding this book! I appreciate the simple repeating text, almost poetic but not stuck in rhyme. The illustrations tell part of the story very well.

Message that can possibly be drawn is that we all need some help sometimes, and the right help from the right one! Also that those having the wrong intention claiming to help, will not be helped when they need it.

Lovely light picture book.
Jun 08, 2014 Laura added it
Shelves: own
Loved, loved, loved the illustrations. They were gorgeous! The message of the book was pretty sneaky and sweet too. I was caught up in the drama of the poor animals as one by one they fell into the hole - I wondered how things were going to work out. I especially loved the rhythm and cadence of the text - it had this lyrical quality and made the story come alive. Coupled with the amazing illustrations, it was a winner of a book. I could see this as Caldecott material. I also loved how they used ...more
Mar 11, 2014 Jess rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: preschool, K, 1st -- story times, too
Shelves: picture-books, z_14
I love Eric Rohmann illustrations. Once again he's provided lovely, detailed, textured things. The story has an old flavor, like it's been floating around for awhile. There's a few places where the wording doesn't entirely work for me, but mostly it's a pleasantly suspenseful animal tale that kids will like.

Perfect for the preschool through 1st crowd--story hours and one-on-one readings--and probably 2nd, too.
Loved, loved, loved the illustrations. They were gorgeous! The message of the book was pretty sneaky and sweet too. I was caught up in the drama of the poor animals as one by one they fell into the hole - I wondered how things were going to work out. I especially loved the rhythm and cadence of the text - it had this lyrical quality and made the story come alive. Coupled with the amazing illustrations, it was a winner of a book. I could see this as Caldecott material. I also loved how they used ...more
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I have always been a storyteller. Even before I could write my name, I could tell a good tale. And I told them all the time. As a preschooler, I told my neighbors all about my three-legged cat named Spot. In kindergarten, I told my classmates about the ghost that lived in my attic. And in first grade I told my teacher, Miss Harbart, all about my family's trip to Paris, France.

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