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It's a no-money day

4.61  ·  Rating details ·  67 ratings  ·  22 reviews
"My mum works really hard and knows lots of fun things to do that don't cost any money.

But when there's nothing left in the cupboards we have to go to the foodbank.

Maybe one day things will be different..."
Paperback, 32 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by Barrington Stoke
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Daisy May Johnson
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's difficult to tell you how important this gentle, soft book is and so I hope you will forgive me if I jump straight to the punchline: It's A No-Money Day by Kate Milner should be on your shelves. And if you run a library or you are in a school or if you are anywhere that has shelves that are accessed publically, this book should be there twice over. We live in complex times that are often brutal for those living in precarious circumstances, and one of the duties of any librarian or educator ...more
Alex  Baugh
The first Kate Milner book I read, My Name is Not Refugee, was about what life would be like when a young boy and his mother leave their homeland and journey to a safer country. The honest simplicity of both text and illustration of that book made it a powerful story for helping young readers understand and have empathy for the complexity that is the refugee crisis.

Now, Kate Milner has written another powerful picture book about different humanitarian crisis - poverty. The story begins when a y
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Maybe not quite as profound as the Michael Rosen/Quentin Blake work on grief, but this book about being right out of money and going to the foodbank from the perspective of a small child is tremendously affecting: for its clever simplicity and poignancy.

The colours are washed out but not dreary, there are smiles (mostly the child's and the foodbank volunteers). Mum is sad, but perhaps not yet depressed, as some of the others in the queue look as though they probably are. The child is able to hav
David Litchfield
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an absolutely beautiful book. I have read it to both my sons (3 and 7) a few times now. We talk about how lucky we are and how it's important to show compassion and love to others who may not be as fortunate as us.

It is of course absolutely disgusting that we live in a society that inspired this book, that far too many children will recognise themselves in the story. It makes me so angry to think that our current government chose to created such conditions for this book to be so needed a
Alison Wickham
Despite how much the mother tries, they are still short on money and need to use the food bank. It explains how life can be for those in poverty or in difficult situations. Definately explains the life that a lot of people do not understand. A great one for the classroom to promote understanding diversity and different realities.
John-Mark Winstanley
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is such a powerful and hard-hitting book. It tells the story of a young girl growing up in poverty and the impact this has on her childhood. A visit to the food bank is particularly heartbreaking. Descriptions of her relationship with her Mum are incredibly moving.

I think this is a book all teachers should read - it captures the harsh reality that many of our pupils face.

Nick Swarbrick
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Realistically portrayed with an underlying lightness- the little narrator’s conspiratorial look when she plans to get a cat echoed in the foodbank worker’s glance - this is a child’s view of modern austerity. I would give it five stars but I shared it with someone who works with families in crisis who was less sure...
I _teach_muggles
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Given the current global situation and with many people facing drastically changing lives this seemed like the perfect opportunity to re-read and review It’s a No-Money Day. A powerful and poignant story that beautifully and sensitively portrays the hardships that mother and daughter face with limited income.

Despite mum’s best efforts, the money has run out and the cupboards are bare. Today is a no-money day. Yet that is no reason to be sad as this family prove. The daughter takes delight in all
Eleanor King
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This is a rare tale of poverty and hunger, which allows those living in difficult circumstances to have their stories heard, seen, supported, and understood in an accessible manner by their peers. It is not a happy book, despite having an underlying sense of comfort, kindness, and intimacy in the relationship between mother and daughter, but it represents the reality of many children right now. The characters are full of love and kindness, the girl full of hope, their humanity is evident, but th ...more
Feb 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most well done children's books I've seen in ages. The illustrations are perfect and the book while written for kids to see themselves in a book, still is valuable for kids who never know a no money day. Well done. ...more
Dec 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ks1, ks2, picture-book, pshe
LOVED this book, it covers poverty so delicately. The wording, the illustrations. It's all absolutely fantastic! Couldn't recommend enough. ...more
A much needed publication
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: class-zebra
Ages 4 and up. A young girl whose mother is evidently on welfare explains what you can and can't do on a No-Money Day. You can read books from the library. You can make a cat out of your mom's clothes. You can try on crazy outfits at the second-hand shop. But you can't put money in the jar for a real cat. Or pick the food you get at the foodbank. The last line of the book declares that she and her mother are not hungry thanks to the kind people who donated to the foodbank. Foodbanks are controve ...more
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An incredibly well written, beautifully made book, about a child and their mother going to a food bank.

The illustrations remind me somewhat of those of Shirley Hughes, and I love them for it.

Whilst it makes me incredibly angry that this is a thing that actually has to happen in modern Britain, this book is quite simply brilliant. As someone who has worked in schools with large numbers of children whose families use food banks, and who as a child lived in a B&B for a year after my family lost ou
Sarah Bingham
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Brilliant book - can't wait to read it with my class ...more
Georgina Peachey
This book should be in every classroom as it reminds everyone of the struggles that can take place which may not be obvious. The book follows the perspective of a little girl who has to visit a food bank and knows that her mum does not always eat. This story can help children and adults a like to show empathy and compassion to others. I think it would be great across key stages as it could generate discussion and a whole scheme of work.
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sweet and heartbreaking. A difficult subject presented in a sensitive way. I grew up in a very similar situation in the 70’s and recognise many of the themes in the book. What really makes me angry is that we don’t appear to have advanced one iota from those days - and in many ways are going backwards. Should be required reading for everyone.
Issy Williams
Dec 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picturebook, family
This book is well-intentioned and has a good message, but I found it hard to take sincerely since the author only did surface level research for My Name is Refugee. I'm not sure what she did for this book but I hope she has a deeper connection with it. ...more
Ben Hagan
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great book to help young readers develop empathy in this heart-warming plot!
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic, thought provoking book for adults and children alike.
Jenna Mills
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Brilliantly done.
Andrea Atherton
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teaching-book
A way to describe how and why food banks are used for younger children to understand. KS1.
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