No! Author: Tracey Corderoy Illustrator: Tim Warnes
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Format: Picture Books

Age Range: 3-7 years

Publication Date: September 2013

BISAC: JUV002330

Pages: 32

Book Format Detail: Unjacketed Hardcover w/Spot-laminated Cover

Retail Price: $14.99

ISBN-13: 978-1-58925-150-2

ISBN-10: 1-58925-150-4

Dimensions: 9-7/8" x 11-1/4" x 3/8"

Everyone thinks Otto is adorable. “How cute!” they say. “Such a sweet child!” But then Otto learns the word no—and now he says it all the time! At first, it’s fun to refuse to eat, take a bath, and go to bed. But when Otto’s favorite word causes him to have a really bad day at school, Daddy has the perfect solution.

August 26, 2013, Publishers Weekly

Even the most adorable kid can go through a major oppositional phase. For a rhino named Otto, the newly learned word "No!"--which Warnes always sets off with emphatic bold type and a bright yellow word balloon--initially seems like an effective tool for getting anyone to back off, whether they want him to go to bed or to share a toy dinosaur. "Soon, Otto was saying his word all the time," writes Corderoy, but when he starts missing out on good stuff (classroom treats, playground games), "sometimes he wished he hadn't." It takes a dousing of cold water--literally--and a forgiving hug to reboot Otto's infinite "No!" loop. Warnes, who previously collaborated with Corderoy on Monty and Milli: The Totally Amazing Magic Trick, creates an expressive, sympathetically rendered anthropomorphized cast and benevolent settings that keep Otto from seeming like an incorrigible brat and the overall message light. It's a lively read (with plenty of opportunities for audience participation), and an effective way of holding up a mirror to nascent naysayers. Web-Exclusive Review.

November 1, 2013, School Library Journal

Otto is a cute little rhino who has entered the defiant stage of toddlerhood: he says "no" to everything. Eventually he notices that sometimes he is rejecting things that he actually wants, and he learns a new favorite word: "yes." This British import offers mild, unobtrusive bibliotherapy wrapped in warmly expressive paintings. However, the "no" stage is a normal part of child development, and toddlers may not be affected by hearing about the advantages of saying, "yes." The book is probably more useful as encouragement for harried parents than as a learning tool for youngsters. That said, this is a sweet and emotionally satisfying story that adults and children will enjoy together. Heidi Estrin, Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL. 

September 1, 2013, Kirkus Reviews

Otto has learned the dreaded "no" word, for life for his family and friends, as well as for himself, just got more complicated. "Otto was adorable. Everybody said so." So begins this lively tale starring the winsome anthropomorphic baby rhino. The story is simple and familiar enough. Otto has learned to say "no" and does so at every opportunity. Until, that is, he realizes that "no" has its limits and that "yes" can sometimes be a more satisfying word. Capably combining full-page illustrations, double-page spreads and spot illustrations, this picture book takes full advantage of the format. As the story dances along, readers will be turning the pages with glee to see what Otto refuses next. Illustrator Warnes' animal cast delights the eye and lifts the heart. His skill in depicting expressions is extraordinary. The book itself is designed impeccably, with endpapers, title page and frontmatter doing double duty as storytelling devices. The book's only weakness is a slight bit of overwriting in the middle of the story that interrupts the language pattern. The illustrations, however, more than make up for the less-than-crisp text. An entertaining romp of a book that amusingly addresses this often difficult aspect of toddlerhood. 

November 15, 2013, Booklist

A new favorite word and a feeling of being in control lead a young rhino into several unsatisfying situations. Otto has expanded his vocabulary and learns to say "no" emphatically. He tries his new word out at home and at school. Though Otto lives in a loving household and attends a pleasant preschool, his parents and his teacher, a pink flamingo, are shocked by the toddler's sudden negative attitude and stubbornness. Feeling powerful soon leads to Otto being excluded from many potentially enjoyable situations because he uses his new word indiscriminately. After a less than satisfying day at school, and with a hug and sympathy from his father, the youngster understands it is better to use that word sparingly. The font looks hand printed, and most of the dialogue is shown in speech bubbles with changes in size for emphasis. The illustrations, which vary from small vignettes to double-page spreads, are brightly colored and filled with activity. Here's a gentle lesson told in a charming manner. Owen, Maryann. Booklist Online.