NOPE. NEVER. NOT FOR ME! by Samantha Cotterill


From the "Little Senses" series
Age Range: 3 - 6
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It’s dinnertime for little dinosaurs, but trying new foods is never easy.

Caregivers will recognize the scenario instantly: sitting at the table with their own little dinosaurs, trying to coax a bite out of them. This dino—a human child clad in a triceratops-styled cowl—has every excuse in the book not to eat the single floret of broccoli on their plate, from “too lumpy” to “too scratchy,” which may be baffling to caregivers but will make perfect sense to toddlers. However, when their mom suggests that the foodstuff in question is not the child’s nemesis, broccoli, but “trees,” our little dinosaur finds their brave side and learns to try something new, dramatized in a funny, four-image sequence: “gulp! / MMF! / yacky! / ROARRR!” Realistically, the broccoli is not an immediate hit, but their mother reassures them that just trying is brave, turning the once-finicky eater into a “ ‘try’ ceratops.” Simple and expressive, fine-lined cartoon illustrations with a dino-green color scheme help bring the story to life in a way that will elicit chuckles. More importantly though, the book helps promote healthy ways to talk about food with kids by gently encouraging them to be brave. The first in a senses-themed series, its message is tailored to children on the spectrum and with sensory disorders but has broad applicability to neurotypical audiences as well. Both child and mom have paper-white skin, straight, black hair, and pink cheeks.

A delightful book that reminds us all to try something new, even if it’s “yacky!” (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: June 18th, 2019
ISBN: 978-0-525-55344-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Dial
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2019


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