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My No No No Day

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  205 ratings  ·  69 reviews
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From the moment Bella wakes up, her day goes wrong. She hates her breakfast egg, she won't share, she has a hurting foot, her supper is too hot, and her bath is too cold. And then it's no, no, no to bedtime. But at last a yawn, a story, and a kiss from mother end the day, with the promise of a cheerful tomorrow.

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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 26th 2012 by Viking Juvenile (first published January 1st 2012)
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Just say NO NO NO to this book. Blech. It seems as if Patterson was trying to write in the same manner as Viorst's "Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day" and epic fails. Whereas kids can relate to Alexander (as well as adults) and know that feeling when everything goes wrong, this book just makes you believe in spanking. The kid in the book is a brat and her tantrums seem blase and annoying. I hated the kid, hated the book and wished I hadn't bought it for the library coll...more
Sometimes kids throw tantrums. Sometimes they are BIG tantrums. This is a story about a little girl who throws a tantrum ALL. DAY. LONG. And she knows it. But she doesn't know what to do about it. But she also knows what it is like when she doesn't throw a tantrum. And sometimes that is the most important thing to know.

I liked it. Mostly I liked it because I have seen kids that have been super grumpy for long periods of time. And I like that this particular girl understands just what kind of day...more
Oh my goodness, I think this was written just for my daughter, who doesn't know how NOT to shout! We simply adored this little book with it's fabulously bold, colourful illustrations and it's brilliant storyline that has a wonderful little message. I think this book is a must read for shouty little people everywhere!

Bella is having a really bad day, that starts off when she shouts at her little brother Bob! Everything from then on in goes terribly wrong and Bella turns into a little nightmare sh...more
James Koppert
Aggie has never enjoyed a story book so much
Bella is having a day that I am sure we all have experienced at one time or another. She is beside herself from the time she wakes up until the time she goes to bed. She opens her eyes in the morning to find her little brother licking her jewellery....yep, out goes the tongue and ....slurrpp...yum. Bella is not amused and screams ,"Get out of my room." Her day goes downhill from there with the dislike of her egg at breakfast time, to a play-date she doesn't want to keep and then an annoying trip...more
What a dreadful book for kids! I understand what the author is trying to portray but this book pretty much gives the OK to any child to simply throw horrible tantrums all day long without consequence just because they are having a "bad day". An example of disciplinary action should have been displayed by page three. I'm throwing this one in the trash before my kids get the chance to observe this horrible acceptance of poor behavior.
A book my 6 yr old as well as my twin 3 yr olds loved. A solid reading level 1 book, this cute story keeps all ages engaged with the bright colorful pictures and cute story. A great addition to any children's library.
LOL. Great expressions on the characters and very funny illustrations. This one's a winner.

Non-parents will be breathing a sigh of relief that they don't have to deal with this stuff in real life!
I think everybody has No No No days and I love that this little girl realized she had been onery, apologized and the mom freely forgave her! So much fun!
Bella wakes up in a cross mood and the her entire day is one grouchy, annoyed, stressful moment after another (for both her and her family).

"Yesterday I woke up and Bob was crawling around my room, licking my jewelry. So I shouted GET OUT OF MY ROOM!" My kids (and I) laugh a lot when we're reading this book. The story and pictures really capture the capricious and hilarious (when it's not happening to you) tantrums that just happen sometimes, no matter our ages. It was a library pick and we've read it probably 20 times this week. The kids (7 and 4) giggle whenever Bob comes onto the scene especially. Quite entertaining! And, we have...more
Do you ever have a day where EVERYTHING seems to go wrong? In Rebecca Patterson’s book My No, No, No Day, Bella, a very grumpy girl, has a day where nothing goes right. First, she doesn’t want to eat her breakfast, and then her little brother Bob drives her crazy all day! At the end of the day, Bella’s mommy reminds her that it is ok to have bad days, and that tomorrow will be a better day. Will tomorrow indeed be a better day like her mommy suggests? Or, will Bella have yet another “No, no, no...more
Rosa Cline
I personally didn't like this book due to 3/4 of it the little girl is throwing fits, something I personally WILL NOT and DO NOT tolerate in my toddlers (my children and now my grandchildren) Even though in the very end of the story she does tell her Momma she's sorry and she goes to bed and then the next day is a good day. To me that doesn't make up for the tantrums she did for most of the book. BUT most people would like this book, it's not horrible it's just realistic of which I don't persona...more
A great read aloud- I love the illustrations and the text. It helps my kids pause and get a little perspective when I reference the book and ask them if they are having a "no, no, no day." My 5 and 3 year olds enjoy it a lot. For all those reviewers who said they didn't think kids would relate and prefer Alexander' Horrible, No Good Day, my kids don't like or understand that book, but they do understand and love this book.
In the same fashion that Alexander has his Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day in the children's classic by Judith Viorst, Bella also has a very bad day. It starts off with her being awakened by her little brother licking her jewelry and goes downhill from there. Breakfast is not to her taste, and her shoes annoy her. In fact, everything seems slightly off somehow, and Bella adds to the unpleasantness by misbehaving. But her ever-patient but harried mother still loves her and spends time r...more
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From the moment Bella wakes up, nothing is right. Her baby brother is in her room ("GET OUT OF MY ROOM!"), her mother tries to giver her an egg for breakfast ("I CAN'T EAT THAT!"), and I won't even mention what happens in the grocery store (except to say that the snide looks from the other customers in the store is classic)!

I bought this book for my daughter's 3rd birthday and she (and the other birthday guests) wanted to read it as soon as it was unwrapped. Just the cover al...more
Erika Edwards
I love reading this book out loud to my kids, and they love listening. The text of this book is fun and encourages over the top, dramatic reading. And the illustrations are equally fun and really match the quirkiness of the girl telling the story. Love this cute little story!
Brittany Laccetti
My daughter really enjoys this book. Sure, the author gives an excuse for children to behave badly...but, my daughter loves pointing to all of the objects on the pages and saying their names. "Bear! bracelet! baby!" (She's almost two). She will pick this book from her library and say "no,no,no day!"

I think the message is mehhhhhh but the illustrations are aesthetic.
Wow. What a BEAST.

Bella is an über brat in desperate need of some major time out. Yes, everyone has bad days, but don't let's encourage kids to throw tantrums in the grocery line, the bathtub, on the sidewalk , etc, etc. kids today...
Graciela Gonzalez
This book is about a girl who wakes up in a bad mood & everything' goes wrong or bothers her throughout the day. Everything Bella experienced can be relatable to toddlers which is very ideal. At times, the inappropriateness of her behaviors have minor consequences throughout story. This book also shows a mother unconditional love and understanding and a daughter that realizes at the end how sorry she is.. This story can normalize the feelings children experience everyday and that their are b...more
Kasey Hughes
This book was absolutely hilarious. I loved reading this book because you often see kids throwing tantrums. This little girl Bella in the book is having a "no, no, no day" were nothing in her life that day seems to be going right. It shows a mother struggling with her, and trying to keep her cool. She throws a tantrum over her food, brother, shoes, and not sharing. I really enjoyed how in the book it emphasized words to exagherate and when Bella was upset it seemed to cover the whole 2 pages. In...more
Got a kick out of this picture book, which has an Alexander And the The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day vibe, but with a younger, female protagonist. The illustrations are very expressive and accurately shows the frustrations of the kind of difficult days that everyone has had from time to time. This is an excellent read-aloud (I may use it for a "temper tantrum" or "bad day" themed children's program)and I may also read it to myself the next time I have a rotten day. What I like most...more
Jamie Rooker
My little girl loves the moody Bella. Lol, seriously, I have to read it every night. She adores this book.
Hmmm, why did I like this book so much? The pre-school girl is full a self-pity, rage and frustrations, as only a 3-4 year old can be. The book follows the quirky events of the day and how her mother and baby brother suffer along. But the illustrations are charming, especially her mothers frazzled looks and her brothers serene smiles. Maybe I felt nostalgia and relief at being past that phase with my boys. In the end, the next day is better, just like her mommy assured her. This book could be us...more
'I love it, too'. ~Alli, age 2.
We all have those days. You feel out of sorts and everything is wrong. You take your bad humor out of those around you and just don't know why you feel so cranky. Toddlers and preschoolers are especially vulnerable to the "waking up on the wrong side of the bed" phenomena. This is both a funny and reassuring book for young children. Bella has a very bad day, but as her patient, loving mother shows, the next day is bound to be better. The illustrations are full of expression and perfectly complem...more
A delightful book about a little girl who wakes up in a bad mood and has tantrums throughout the day. However, all ends well with a story and hug from mum. Every mother will instantly recognize the scenes in this book, which is amusingly illustrated. Although this is aimed at young children, I read this to a low literacy year 8 class who ended up giggling at Bella and her antics. I couldn't decide if this was because they recognised a younger sibling in the story or themselves :)
Lisa Overberg
Bella woke up on the wrong side of the bed and is having a VERY bad day, she does not want to cooperate with her mommy and is emotionally negative about everything she has to do. Adults and children will find humor in Bella's grumpy demeanor. But at the end of the day when her mommy tucks her into bed she realizes that tomorrow she can choose to be more cheerful.

Grade level: K-2
Lexile & DRA not available.
Genre: Picture book, realistic fiction, behavior/emotions

Miranda Gaboury
In Rebecca Patterson's My No, No,No Day, we see a little girl named Bella who just is not having a good day. This book takes us through her day and how she refuses everything that is going on around her. I did not give this book a very high rating because I found that it was distasteful and a bit annoying in the way the book is written. I think that we all have our bad days but I have read other cildrens books written about horrible days that were more enjoyable.
Bella wakes up and immediately knows it is going to be a bad day (a no, no, no day) when she finds her baby brother Bob licking all of her jewelry. She proceeds to have a tough day. Doesn't want to wear shoes, ballet outfit to itchy, doesn't want to sit in the cart at the store...

Kids might recognize their bad days in this story, but it seems geared towards parents who need to see that someone understands their day.

Not a great read-aloud.
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