Julia Cook, Author
Kelsey De Weerd, Illustrator
Boys Town Press, 2011, Fiction
Suitable for: Ages 5 and up
Themes: Frustration, Obedience, Conflict Resolution, Interpersonal Communication, Life Skills
Opening/Synopsis: “My name is RJ, and I just don’t like the sound of the word NO! It seems like everybody always tells me NO. NO RJ this, NO RJ that…sometimes I think my real names is NO RJ!” RJ goes shopping with his dad and sees a box of smelly markers he really wants. He asks his dad if he will buy the markers for him. His father says, “No.” But RJ protests with “how about maybe or we’ll see?” When RJ gets home his best friend Sam invites him to sleep over at his house. RJ’s mother says “No, not on a school night.” RJ argues with ” how about I’ll think about it?” The same pattern continues at school and his teacher tells RJ that he needs to learn to accept “No” for an answer. She invites hims to become a member of the “Say YES to NO Club.” If RJ can learn to accept No for an answer from his parents and teacher, stay calm and learn how to disagree appropriately, he can add his name to the club’s Star Board.
What I like about this book: Julia Cook is one of my very favorite children’s authors. This book is the winner of the 2011 MOM’s Choice Award Honoring Excellence, and the National Parenting Center’s Seal of Approval. Her books are all winners for me because they help children problem-solve, learn fundamental social skills of accepting “no” and disagreeing appropriately, or learning proper behavior for a range of situations. Her books are such a treat for kids, parents and teachers! Kids will laugh as they see and hear themselves in her stories. There are so many teaching moments.
Activities: The book itself, is an activity book with tips for parents and educators at the end. But, there is also an Activity Guide for Teachers with a CD and posters than can be purchased separately. Visit Julia Cook’s website for information and other resources. I have previously reviewed three other Julia Cook books on my blog. If you are interested in reading my reviews click on “My Mouth is a Volcano” “The Worst Day of My Life EVER!” and “A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue.” I’ve included pictures of the covers below. All of her books come with separate Activity Guides.
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Important Date: April is National Autism Awareness Month, which will be kicked off Monday, April 2, with an International Autism Awareness Day. Join Autism Speaks in the third annual “Light It Up Blue” day to help shine a light on autism. The entire world is going blue to increase awareness about autism. My website will feature an article on Monday, and will be blue!