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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  1,566 ratings  ·  259 reviews
"This picture book reads like an instant classic.... Oh, yes!" raved Kirkus Reviews in a starred review.

Young children will delight in repeating the refrain "OH, NO!" as one animal after another falls into a deep, deep hole in this lively read-aloud. This simple and irresistible picture book by hugely popular picture book creators—Candace Fleming and Caldecott medalist Eri
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Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 11th 2012 by Schwartz & Wade
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Melissa
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
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
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Jim Erekson
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
“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
Rilee
“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
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Alexandria
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
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Jessica
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
Alli
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
paula
KINDERGARTEN THEATER AHOY!

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
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Karen A.
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
Dolly
Sep 29, 2012 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: 2012, childrens, rhyming
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.
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
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.
Holly
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.
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!
Stacy268
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.
Crystal
Can't wait to read this one aloud with all of the fun animal sounds.
Lori
Loved it. Simple, rhythmic, rain forest, great illustrations.
Whole And
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.
Snorkle
Jun 08, 2014 Snorkle 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
Jess
Mar 11, 2014 Jess rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: preschool, K, 1st -- story times, too
Shelves: 14, picture-books
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.
Snorkle
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
Tasha
A virtuoso picture book by two masters, this is bound to be a new favorite for toddler and preschool story times. The story begins with Frog falling into a deep hole. Oh no! Mouse came along and tried reaching down but she fell in too. Oh no! Loris slowly came down from her tree to help, but an allergy made her sneeze and you guessed it, she fell in too. Oh no! Sun Bear tried to help, Monkey swung by and fell in, and then Tiger reveals himself fully above. Sharp-eyed readers will have noticed hi ...more
Barbara
One by one, several animals end up in a hole so deep that they cannot get out without help. A frog, a mouse, a loris, a sun bear, and a monkey all try and fail to get out of that hole. In the end, an elephant saves the day, rescuing them all from the hungry tiger who has been lurking nearby. Young readers will love the wonderful animal sounds used throughout the book. For instance, the tiger licks his teeth with a "slop-slurp! Slop-slurp!" (unpaged). Anyone reading this one aloud will also enjoy ...more
Kris
3 starred reviews -- PW, SLJ, Kirkus

One of my own personal criteria of a Caldecott-worthy picture book is how the illustrator makes use of the endpapers, jacket, and cover (front and back). This work by Fleming/Rohmann fulfills that basic criteria quite nicely -- characters and setting are introduced. And the whole package is so well done. Love the unique animals, the glimpses of tiger throughout, the unique perspectives. And the text that begs to be read aloud to a group of children or just a c
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Shannon Moore
Oh,No! by Candance fleming is a good book that I enjoyed reading.It's about a group of jungle critters find themselves in a sticky situation when they try to help each other out-they quite literally land themselves in a hole.

It all starts with Frog, who falls in first and is trapped. When Mouse tries to help him, he tumbles in too. Loris, Sunbear, Monkey…none of them succeed. And then who shows up? Tiger. As he admires the tasty feast before him, the ground begins to tremble. It’s Elephant, and
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Lari
This is one I think I'll be reading to my students. It has a sort of cadence about the text that it's sort of a song/poem/prose all mashed together (soemose? prongoem?). I like that it's vaguely repetitive with the chorus of 'Oh no!". It's something that my preschool class would quickly catch on to and enjoy adding to the chorus.

The story is simple enough - it's a bit of your average 'small animals triumph against the evil carnivore' type story, but where the story has its biggest strengths are
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Vincent Desjardins
Candace Fleming has written a charming picture book about a group of jungle animals who, one by one fall into a deep hole where they are stalked by a tiger. Don’t worry, the situation might sound dire, but it’s handled with great humor and no animals get harmed in this funny tale. Fleming’s use of word repetition to describe the animals’ sounds and movements is so wonderfully rhythmic that I can almost imagine this book being put to music and sung. Even reading it silently to myself, I could alm ...more
Charmaine
Oh, No is a cute story about animals in the jungle getting trapped in a hole. As one animal falls into a hole another one comes along and tries to help but ends up falling in the hole. The story uses expressive language throughout the story to add suspense to the plot. I would use this story in my classroom to build upon phonological awareness. This story is a great to introduce onomatopoeias to children. Also as a teacher I would use this story to introduce how to read and use punctuations in s ...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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