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17 Things I'm Not Allowed to Do Anymore

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  835 ratings  ·  236 reviews
This Parenting Magazine Best Book of the Year and Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year features a kid full of fun ideas. For example, in the morning, gluing her brother's bunny slippers to the floor sounds like a good plan. But now she's not allowed to use glue anymore. And what about when she shows Joey Whipple her underpants—they're only unde ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published December 26th 2006 by Schwartz & Wade (first published January 1st 2004)
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sara sabry
what a funny book ! :)
I enjoyed reading about chilhdren's tricks ... they are so crazy..
they make alot of mistakes then they apologize about that by telling their mothers " Iam sorry"
then they make these mistakes again ! ...
children are so kind and they need more care and love ! :)
Amira Mahmoud
It is a funny story about a naughty kid
she always wanna to do a strange and disgusting behaviors
then she know that she mustn't do it!!

the caricatures are so funny and nice
but I think the story isn't suitable for children
it will give them more ideas to bother us :3 :D
Skylar Burris
This is a funny story for the PARENT of an impish child, but I found it in the children's section of the library. I would never read this to my child again. It sends a very poor message. It gives her ideas of impish things to do she's never considered doing before -- and she's come up with plenty ideas of her own. But worst of all, it ends with the message that all you have to do is lie and say you're sorry when you're not, and then you can get away with it to do impish things yet again. Certain ...more
Apr 06, 2010 Relyn rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: nobody
Recommended to Relyn by: spotted at the library
This is going to sound weird, but when I read this book it bothered me so much I put it away and came back to read it again several days later. I guess I was just testing my opinions from the previous reading. I wanted to like this book. I really did.

I wanted to like the book so much because of the incredible illustrations. They are why I picked it up in the first place and it never stops delighting. It's the story I have a problem with. At first it's a simply wonderful story about a girl who i
I feel sort of mixed about this book. I really love the illustrations, and the story is pretty hilarious. It's not that I would worry that little ones would try to emulate the ridiculous mischief the character makes throughout the story; it's the tone upon which the story ends. The idea at the end is that she says she's sorry, but only because that's what her mom wants to hear; the stapler in her hand indicates that she's not about to stop doing whatever she wants. I just feel mixed. Any other t ...more
Amy Carr
I don't think I've ever given a book a 1 star rating...but I REALLY disliked everything about this picture book. It gives kids really bad ideas, I don't like the illustrations, the story line, the main character...yuck.
My 3 boys all enjoyed this book. They know how to tell right from wrong, so it's not like they're going to turn into juvenile delinquents or unholy terrors as a result of this book. And goodness knows, they come up with plenty of crazy ideas on their own. Books like this provide a reminder that not all impulses need to be followed up on. And that controversial last page? They decided that her last phrase should be interpreted in the opposite sense (not allowed to say the opposite).
Madeline Smoot
When this book originally came out it made a bit of a splash, but now days it seems to have been forgotten. And to me, that seems to be a shame because the book is very funny and very cute.

The books is centered around the little girl who decides to do various funny but socially unacceptable activities — like stapling her brother’s head to his pillow. Needless to say, she’s no longer allowed to do that anymore. It’s a clever, engaging book with wonderful illustrations that really highlight the ac
Feb 28, 2013 Pamela rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Pamela by: Alice Ann
Congratulations to everyone who took this book so seriously that you missed all the fun! More fun for me! For real, though--do you really think that a book about a kid doing quirky, irritating, and, yes, naughty things is really going to turn your child into some sort of rampaging psychopath overnight? This story is hilarious, and I'm sure a lot of people can relate to having done some pretty interesting things as kids ... just because! I know I had some things I wasn't allowed to do...

Let me pu
Jackie "the Librarian"
Dec 14, 2007 Jackie "the Librarian" rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone!
Hilarious! When the unrepentant protagonist of this book isn't busy tormenting her little brother by stapling his hair to his pillow and gluing his slippers to the floor, she is being passionate about beavers, so much so that she substitutes them for George Washington in her report. Beavers crossing the Delaware, a beaver on the dollar bill, yes!
Fun mixed-media art just adds to the wacky hijinks.
Kate Hastings
Apr 24, 2008 Kate Hastings rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: K-2
Very funny story about a mischevious young girl who makes BAD choices to staple her brother to his pillow, put a fly in the ice cube tray and to do several things that nobody could possibly have thought to make into rules... until now.
Michelle McBeth
The second star is for the illustrations which are quite stunning. They were created with mixed media and digitally rendered. There are pictures of real objects hidden among the pages.

A girl tells 17 things she is not allowed to do anymore. The book has a cute premise that takes a nasty turn. The girl is not allowed to do the following things anymore:
Staple her brother's head to his pillow,
Glue her brother to the floor,
Tell her brother's fortune because she told him he would be eaten by hyenas,
Awards: Parenting Magazine Best Book of the Year and Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book of the Year.

The young girl in this story staples her little brother’s hair to his pillow. She is not allowed to use a stapler anymore. At the dinner table she decides to give her brother the gift of cauliflower. She is no longer allowed to give the gift of cauliflower anymore. The star of this story is a hugely imaginative child that only seems to get into trouble with her creativity. Every
Anna Richland
This might as well be called "an illustrated version of my life."

My daughter is the main character of this book. No question. I still remember the thrill I felt the first time I read this out loud to the child who used to write apologies on notes so she could ball them up and throw them at me. At least I never had to say "You are not allowed to apologize anymore."

The main character of this book is trapped in the beaver-obsession phase we know so well ... although at our house it is a cow phase
Brittaney Reed
Offill, J. (2007). 17 things I'm not allowed to do anymore. New York: Schwartz and Wade.

"17 Things I'm Not Allowed to Do" by Jenny Offill and illustrated by Nancy Carpenter, follows a little girl as she explains why she is not allowed to do certain things. She glues her brother's slippers to the floor, she is not allowed to use glue, and she staples her brother's hair to his pillow, needless to say she is not allowed to use a stapler. The little girl goes through such antics and so on and so on
Borrowed this from the library to audition it as a possible niece book.* The art is great--love Nancy Carpenter's combination of textures, drawing, and photographs. Jenny Offill's story is hilarious.

And then there is this from the title page: "The text of this book is set in Regula. To achieve the mottled look, the type was printed onto paper, which was crumpled and gently filed with an emory board. The type was then resecanned and manipulated in Adobe Photoshop. The illustrations are rendered
Sandy Brehl
There are several reasons this book makes notable lists: humor, imagination, and believability. The idea that rules are as often a reaction to behaviors as they are arbitrary is delightfully portrayed. The central character's creative approach to everyday objects and activities inevitably generate the need for highly specific rules.
The final page avoids a saccharine conclusion that allows her to stay in character.
Mary Ann
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Kayla Strand
First off, I loved the illustrations to this book. The mixture of real life objects and cartoon characters made everything pop and seem more real. This story is about a young girl who get scolded for everything that she does, and every page ends with her saying she is not allowed to do whatever she did anymore. Any students can relate to what this girl does, except maybe trying to set a boy on fire, but otherwise her situations are not that far off from real life ones. Not only do these events t ...more
Jul 17, 2015 Melle rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: naughty kids and the people who are trying to remember why they love them
Recommended to Melle by: Tami R.
I haven't laughed this hard at a book since Jason read aloud to me parts of the introduction to John McWhorter's Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue. This is a great book for kids who are habitually naughty, kids who have trouble following rules (or who are excellent at sidestepping rules), big sisters and their poor little brothers, kids who find themselves and their ideas being shot down, and their caregivers who still love them anyway (even despite the frustration). (Thanks to workmate Tami for th ...more
Liliana Piedra
The story, 17 Things I'm not allowed to do anymore, by Jenny Offill, is a funny story about a little girl who continuously finds herself getting into trouble. Her energetic and creative ideas are what result in a few restrictions on what she can and cannot do. Nevertheless, it doesn't stop her from being a kid.
I think that kids will find this story very funny. It's great for kids of all ages. it shows kids how sometimes creativity and imagination can go too far, but that shouldn't stop them from
Ally Copper
The precocious young female narrator of "17 Things I'm Not Allowed to Do Anymore" by Jenny Offill enjoys trying ornery and destructive pranks and exploits that try the patience of her mother and other adults in her life. As she tries new, creative ways of expressing herself and leaving her mark, such as doing her George Washington report on beavers instead or setting fire to her classmates' shoe using a magnifying glass, she soon finds out she is no longer allowed to do those very things. While ...more
Lisa the Librarian
I want to say that I absolutely LOVE the illustrations in this book. A mixture of fairly simple drawings, interesting objects in the background and photos of some key focal items this is a visual feast.

However, I am counting my blessings that I do not have this little girl in my life. She is pretty much a total brat! (I did have to smile about the beavers, though, because my kids have gotten into the whole obsessing about something mode).

I think this would be a good book to give to a parent of a
17 Things I’m not allowed to do anymore is about a girl who torments her brother, her pet, her classmates, and, of course, her mother. This story lists many inappropriate things that she has done and the things that she is not allowed to do anymore. “The text is short, spare, and fall-on-the-floor funny—not to mention utterly child-friendly” (1). This book would be perfect for somebody who is just learning to read, it has few words on each page but still creates a very entertaining story.

I found
Jessica Bruce
I liked the book until the very end. It implies that lying is okay and that an apology doesn't have to be sincere. At least that's what I took from it. And that's not a message I'm a supporter of.

However, the rest of the story was full of child/ like whimsy and mischief. I did giggle quite a bit. But, in my opinion, it's a children's book that is meant to entertain the parent not necessarily the child. So, I ended up giving it 2 stars.
A little girl and her list of seventeen things that she's not allowed to do anymore. Things such as: use the stapler because she stapled her brother's hair to the pillow; pretend that her mother is a waitress because she tried to order something else for dinner; write reports about beavers because she wrote that instead of the required report on George Washington. At the end she does find one thing that she is allowed to do.

I'm really conflicted about this--one the one hand, I really liked the i
Carol Salgado
I found this book pretty funny. It's about a young, troubling girl who does things she is now not allowed to do. "I had an idea to show Joey Whipple my underpants. I am not allowed to show Joey Whipple my underpants anymore." This line was my favorite. In the end, she says she had an idea to say the opposite of what she means. "I'm sorry." She is allowed to say the opposite of what she means.
Full of ideas about sisterly antagonism, beaverish obsession, and go-your-own-wayness (that would be to school, backwards), one kid manages to learn the wrong lessons from the angry, worried, or baffled adults who must follow in her wake.

Carpenter enhances her pen and ink illustrations by replacing some elements of the drawing with photographed versions of the offending objects: a stapler, cauliflower, a one-dollar bill featuring a portrait of a beaver. This focuses the eye in a way which is sim
Maybe an older kid would get the humor in this book and understand that it is absolutely, positively, definitely wrong to do any of the things she does.
The ending is a little rotten. She says sorry to her mother, while joking that she's "allowed" to say things she doesn't mean, because they're the "right" thing to say. It left a bad taste in my mouth.
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Our unnamed main character tells the reader about 17 great ideas that she had and is no longer allowed to repeat them. The adults in her life just don't seem to grasp her brilliance. For instance, she had the idea to staple her brother's hair to his pillow but now she is no longer allowed to use the stapler. How unfair is that?

Are you having a bad day? Do you need a little pick-me-up? 17 Things I'm Not Allowed To Do Anymore is guaranteed to make you laugh out lo
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Jenny Offill is an American author born in Massachusetts. Her first novel Last Things was published in 1999 was a New York Times Notable book and a finalist for the L.A Times First Book Award.

She is also the co-editor with Elissa Schappell of two anthologies of essays and the author of several children's books She teaches in the MFA programs at Brooklyn College, Columbia University and Queens Univ
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