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My No No No Day

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  319 Ratings  ·  97 Reviews
Readers will say, "Yes, yes, yes!"

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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Nov 30, 2012 Amy rated it did not like it
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
May 15, 2013 Resia37 rated it did not like it
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.
Feb 03, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
"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
Jan 21, 2013 Amitha rated it it was amazing
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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
Feb 19, 2015 Suzanne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lr-owns
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
May 12, 2016 Kelly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture
I would give this more stars to get it to genius level. All parents, children, and people in general can relate to days like this. The illustrations are amazing at conveying this girl's tirade from boiled eggs to itchy tights. We feel ya. Bonus that the mother keeps her cool, reminding us that all No Days will come to an end so we'd better not murder anyone.
Erika Edwards
Aug 21, 2014 Erika Edwards rated it it was amazing
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!
Apr 20, 2012 Peacegal rated it liked it
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!
Dec 24, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
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.
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).

Jun 01, 2012 Allison rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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!
James Koppert
Sep 30, 2014 James Koppert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aggie has never enjoyed a story book so much
Nov 09, 2016 Den rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, 2016
One of the new books delivered to my classroom today.
I loved this one which deals with young children having tantrums.
A lot of children in the hospital I work in don't want to be there (obviously) and sometimes the only control they have is in the form of tantrums and this book shows that tantrums are a normal part of life and whatever we do and how ever much we shout parents will still love us and everything will be alright after a cuddle and story.
Jan 06, 2017 Paisley rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents, young readers, childish adults
This is such a cute book! My NO, NO, NO Day! is relatable even for adults. Some days start all wrong and then everything seems to fall apart after. Of course, there are also days like the one written by Rebecca Patterson, where we can’t help but stay grumpy. I really enjoyed how the text was incorporated in the images and the flow of the dialogue.

To see what I mean, check out my video:
Storytime Sweetie presents My NO, NO, NO Day!
May 26, 2014 Marilyn rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 23, 2012 Jillian rated it really liked it
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
Jul 14, 2012 Carly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review
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
Cara Byrne
Aug 15, 2016 Cara Byrne rated it liked it
Like many of the picture books selected for my two-year-old, my review is based on a mix of my reaction and her reaction. For me (who hates _Alexander and the Horrible ... Day_), I didn't mind the book. The illustrations are cartoonish and full of great side character reactions, and I appreciate the interaction between angry Bella and her neutral baby brother Bob. I'm always nervous to hand books like this to my 2-year-old, as I've seen some massive (and sometime public) tantrums from her, and y ...more
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
Chelle Harbin
Nov 15, 2015 Chelle Harbin rated it liked it
Shelves: social-emotional
This book is about a girl named Bella, who is just having the worst day! Her brother is bothering her, her food is too hot, her bath too cold, and her feet hurt. After a full day of saying “no!” to all the bad things that are happening to her, she snuggles up to her mom for a bedtime story. She tells her mom that this was the worst day, and her mom tells her that everyone has bad days, but tomorrow things can be different. This book is great for a unit of self-regulation and emotions because Bel ...more
Emily Petering
Feb 01, 2016 Emily Petering rated it did not like it
This was a cute book, but I wasn't very impressed. It was a story all about a girl that wasn't having the best day. The words the author used didn't flow very well in my opinion. The whole book kind of jumped all over the place in a way. I think most children would like this book, mainly because they will probably relate to the characters. But if anything, this book teaches it's readers that its okay to act terrible if you're having a bad day. I don't think that is a good message to be sending o ...more
Graciela Gonzalez
Mar 29, 2013 Graciela Gonzalez rated it really liked it
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
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
Jan 06, 2015 Kristin Schmidt rated it did not like it
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
meh. it's okay. my kids like it mainly because I think they can relate, but there's still much to discuss outside of the story. with every page, we talk about what exactly she is doing wrong. I don't like how the mom doesn't really correct the issues her daughter has in the book, so I have to add dialogue where mom is correcting her or extending grace. and I don't like the mean stares from the other characters in the book, but from a parent standpoint it's understandable because there are lots o ...more
Jul 29, 2016 Heather rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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
Kasey Hughes
Sep 24, 2012 Kasey Hughes rated it it was amazing
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
May 25, 2012 Beth rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books, 2012
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
Aug 11, 2015 Jessi rated it did not like it
The 1 star for this book is because of the last page. I understand the author wanted to let kids know that bad days happen to everyone, but this just ended up bothering me! When a kid is going nuts like this child in and book, I still worry my kids will try to emulate the behavior because Mom is reading about it to us, it must be ok, right!? Wrong! I finally had to stop reading it and explain this little girl was being very bad and would be in trouble acting like that at our house. So, use this ...more
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