Reader Reviewed Nothing! by Yasmeen Ismail


Written by Yasmeen Ismail
Illustrated by Yasmeen Ismail

3+ readers   Baby and Toddler   Books of the Month   
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One of our Books of the Year 2016 | August 2016 Book of the Month Full of life, energy and a wild sense of freedom, Nothing is a marvellous celebration of the imagination, and that special relationship between child and grandparent too. ‘What are you doing?’ Mum asks exasperated, as Lila plays under the table when she should be getting ready. Pictures reveal the wonderful things Lila is up to – she’s wrestling an octopus, riding a zebra, climbing a pylon! Mum is busy, but grandad is ready to play pretend with Lila and the final scene shows them flying through the air like birds. Words and images work perfectly together to deliver a sense of unbridled joy, and Lila is a wonderful little character. ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to the review by one of the Lovereading4kids editorial experts some of our Lovereading4kids parent/toddler Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Aggie Daniels, age 6 - 'A good book for little ones to join in and use their own imagination. I liked this book, but I think that my little sister liked it more.'
  • Olivia, age 4 and Mum Anna Townsend - 'A book about play, creativity and imagination! Olivia loved this book and it encouraged some imaginary play of our own after reading it!!
  • George Haine, age 3 - 'I like this book because Lila says, “Nothing!” all the time...This is a happy book for boys and girls.'

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Nothing! by Yasmeen Ismail

Mummy and Lila are going to visit Grandpa, but Lila is busy in her own imaginative world. Whenever Mummy asks her what she is doing, she always says, Nothing! Only the reader is allowed in to her colourful, crazy, creative world where she is wrestling an octopus, or racing along in a winged chariot, or flying with birds over a noisy jungle. But Grandpa has a plan to join Lila in her secret world. After all, playing is even more fun when you play together! Bursting with energy and colour, this is a joyous celebration of the imagination and creativity that will speak to child and adult alike.

Yasmeen Ismail won the V&A Illustration Award 2014 and has been shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize. I'm a Girl! has been nominated for the Kate Greenaway Award.


Praise for I'm a Girl!:

Teachers, get this for your KS1 and Reception classes. Parents, get this for your kids (girls AND boys). Anyone who cares about equality and moving forward and helping to make our society better for everyone, spread the word. I'M A GIRL! can help to change the world. Whilst brightening it with stunning colours and fab pictures at the same time Jo Cotterill

Picture books that draw the line against pink stereotypes of girls ... There's no better rallying cry for girls to whom princesses are anathema ... Ismail exactly captures the wrong-footing frustration felt by girls who don't fit the princess mould, as well as the pride they take in their strong, swift bodies Guardian

Brilliantly exuberant, funny and full of joy: a book to cherish. If only all children had the confidence to be true to themselves like the girl and her new-found friend herein. If I had my way a copy would be given to all young children before they start school or nursery Red Reading Hub

We could kiss Yasmeen for delivering this perfectly packaged story, with its clear message and delectably diverse characters. Executed in a deceptively simple way, this picture book is perfect for a younger, more impressionable audience Picture Books Blogger

A riotously colourful and energetic picture book that celebrates individuality and personal freedom Junior Magazine

Every so often a book comes along which makes the whole family laugh, and I'm A Girl! by Yasmeen Ismail did just that! Muff and Teacake

As the father of a daughter, I am delighted for the arrival of this book Magpie That

A really fantastic book that every child should read if not own, to see it's OK for them to just be themselves Once Upon a Bookcase

About the Author

Yasmeen Ismail

Yasmeen Ismail is an award-winning author, illustrator and animator. After graduating from art school she ran a successful animation company before moving on to write and illustrate picture books. Her internationally-bestselling books, including Time for Bed Fred! and I’m a Girl! have become children’s classics. Yasmeen is originally from Ireland, but now lives in London.

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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Publication date

11th August 2016




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