No! by David McPhail


No! by David McPhail

Endorsed by Amnesty International. No. No? No! A little boy sets out to deliver a letter, witnessing acts of war on the way. But when he encounters a bully by the post-box, he decides that enough is enough. Almost wordless, but speaking volumes, No! dramatises conflict and its alternatives in a language that is accessible to everyone, young or old: beautiful paintings, executed with profound feeling and an artist's vision and wisdom. No! is the author's expression of hope that the playgrounds of the world, big and small, will soon become safer and friendlier for all.


'There are few words in the book, but the pictures speak volumes. What is most moving is that the boy is unmoved by the horror that we see... David McPhail's illustrations are stark and straight to the point'. The Bookbag 'This almost wordless story conveys a strong message which is accessible to all through the dramatic and thought provoking illustrations...'

's in Touch McPhail's delicate watercolor and pencil illustrations bring the understated story to life. Not only introducing a tough topic to a young crowd, this profound narrative also demonstrates the importance of taking a stand and the power of one voice. School Library Journal The idea of taking effective action without fighting is a powerful one, and children and adults alike will find that McPhail's images linger. Publishers Weekly Except for the occasional use of the title word, this clear beautiful picture-book fable is without text ... McPhail's rich watercolors, with detailed ink crosshatching, have a yesteryear feel. Booklist'

About the Author

DAVID MCPHAIL grew up in Massachusetts and travelled with a band before enrolling in the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. He discovered a love for children's books while working as a shipping clerk for a book clearinghouse and published his first, The Bear's Toothache in 1972. Since then he has written and/or illustrated more than 50 books. He lives in New Hampshire, USA.

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48 pages
Interest Age: From 5


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Publication date

6th August 2015



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