No! by David McPhail
  

Synopsis

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.

Reviews

'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'. 'This almost wordless story conveys a strong message which is accessible to all through the dramatic and thought provoking illustrations...'

-book fable is without text ... McPhail's rich watercolors, with detailed ink crosshatching, have a yesteryear feel. 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. The idea of taking effective action without fighting is a powerful one, and children and adults alike will find that McPhail

-book fable is without text ... McPhail

. 'This almost wordless story conveys a strong message which is accessible to all through the dramatic and thought provoking illustrations...' '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'. This superbly illustrated book cleverly expresses how one small voice can make a difference in this world. || 'No!

- no pushing, no punching. 'Does he have any rules?

'No!'

'No!'

? || Packs a powerful punch and would be a wonderful springboard for discussion with older pupils as well as a moving read for younger ones. || This is an emotional picturebook for the older reader. || Disturbing at first, but if you persevere it's very moving and that's the idea... A book you need to take time over, looking at the messages in the images. || Best Children's Books of 2011: A powerful fable for our times, this almost wordless picture book will provoke discussion and questioning for young readers, all too aware from their television screens of the real life wars currently being waged in the world. David McPail's intense corsshatching and fluid line together with his sombre palette carry the narrative well. (Rosemary Stones, editor Books for Keeps)

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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Book Info

Format

Paperback
48 pages
Interest Age: From 5

Author

David McPhail
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Publisher

Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd

Publication date

6th August 2015

ISBN

9781847807137


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