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My No No No Day

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  233 ratings  ·  76 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 Books for Young Readers (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
"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
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!
Suzanne Marie
We got this book for free from Dolly Parton's Imagination Library when my daughter was 1 or 2. She loved the book as a little toddler and even had it memorized from reading it so much. The story is about a little girl who is just having a bad day. She's saying NO to everything and being in a bad mood throughout the day. Of course there is a lesson in the end for little kids.

It's a cute book to read out loud because you can get "loud" as you read the little girl screaming NO NO NO :) My daughter
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).

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
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
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
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
I do not like books that make it okay for a child to be a brat. Tantrums happen and are dealt with accordingly. This was an all day affair with an "it's okay, I do it too" at the end. Just no.
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
This one is really fun to read, the words and artwork both made me laugh. Of course, my kid is only 9 months old, so it'll probably be a lot less hilarious when he can walk and talk...
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
Kristin Schmidt
This book was just terrible. It wasn't even portraying the message that it's unacceptable for a child to act like a little demon in public. It almost celebrated it. Especially the "tips" in the back of the book! "Have your kid imitate all the bad faces she's making & have them yell NO NO NO in a loud voice"??? Are you serious?? What kind of kid are you trying to raise & what behavior are you trying to encourage? This book is just senseless to me, with little to no redemptive message even ...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 like how the mum was understanding and forgiving and the kid apologetic.
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