5 Minutes for Books: 1000 Times No!

by Guest Contributor

As a mom to three angelic children ranging from toddlerhood to pre-adolescence, I’m perfectly accustomed to stating things such as, “It’s clean up time,” or “It’s time to leave now,” and being met with a chorus of, “Okay, Mom!”

Yeah, right.

The reality is that the word “no” is spoken approximately 14,927 times a day in my world, whether it’s coming out of my mouth as my toddler is found standing on the kitchen table or it’s being shrieked at such an incredibly high-pitch that the area dogs have simply packed their belongings and left. To my delight, Tom Warburton, an author who obviously has been around a toddler or two in his days, has created a whimsical new children’s book, 1000 Times No to help bring some much needed levity and humor to these oh-so-familiar scenes.

As you open to the first page, Noah the diaper-wearing tot appears, big cartoonish curls popping off his head and sucking away on his thumb. When his mother appears and informs him that it is time to leave, the real story begins. The storm starts to rage as Noah expresses his feelings to this announcement in one creative way after another. The word “no” is spoken in a variety of languages, some authentic and some just plain silly, and each is accompanied by a visual illustration that made me and my little ones giggle time and again. At one point, even the little bear on his diaper is matching his changing expressions face for face!

This simple and very relatable story appealed to my young ones, each on his or her own level– my 20 month old laughed at the pictures and the funny voices that simply have to be used to read this aloud, while my 3 year old had a look of absolute understanding as the fit went on and on. (She should. She’s a champion.) I’m a sucker for the illustrative style- cartoon-like, with thick black outlines and splashes of soft colors. 1000 Times No is a book to help us mamas (and papas!) explore the darker side of learning to express oneself with our children, in a humorous and light-hearted way.

Have I convinced you that you simply need to have a copy of this book? Leave a comment to win a copy, complete with personalized inscription from the author! (US and Canadian residents only, please.)

Dawn lives in Maryland, but she’s pretty sure that her children’s protests can be heard at least as far west as Kansas. Her chronicles of parenthood can be found at my thoughts exactly.

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1 Maddy July 20, 2009 at 1:12 am

Me? I’ll try anything once.


2 Laureen July 20, 2009 at 2:01 am

Definitely cute. I’m going to have to try and find a copy of this one sometime. Because the word “no” is one that I’m more than willing to laugh at; not just dread.


3 Liz C. July 20, 2009 at 2:11 am

Sounds like a very cute book! We would love to win one! :)


4 Linsay July 20, 2009 at 2:33 am

this book looks right up my alley, my son is 2 and NO is his favorite word!


5 susan July 20, 2009 at 3:24 am

My little one has just learned to shake his head to mean “no”. I’m sure he’d love this one!


6 Mary July 20, 2009 at 7:30 am

This sounds like a really great book. The waiting list for it in our library system is currently at 19, so we’re going to be waiting at least 38 weeks before we get to read it if we don’t win a copy.


7 The Diaper Diaries July 20, 2009 at 8:20 am

Looks adorable. And sadly, way up my kid’s alley :)


8 Allyson July 20, 2009 at 8:49 am

Great giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win!


9 denise July 20, 2009 at 9:20 am

I need this book. ;-)



10 LT July 20, 2009 at 10:01 am

This sounds so cute! Thank you for the chance to win!


11 Jen July 20, 2009 at 10:12 am

Count me in!


12 Heather H July 20, 2009 at 10:41 am

Sign me up – I’d love to have this book!


13 Jen July 20, 2009 at 10:56 am

Love to try that!


14 Magi July 20, 2009 at 11:34 am

This sounds like a great book to read my 3-year-old.


15 Lisa July 20, 2009 at 12:19 pm

I’m the mom of three boys – youngest is five – I babysit toddlers. I can’t even begin to count the number of times I’ve said “no!” ;-) This book looks super cute.


16 Stefany July 20, 2009 at 12:59 pm

No? I don’t think I have heard that today… well at least not in the past 30 seconds. OH, never mind. I have now heard it 3 times in the last 30 seconds. :)


17 Holly July 20, 2009 at 2:11 pm

I would love a copy of this. Somehow it would be so appropriae for my daughter who loves to scram NO! at the top of her lungs.


18 alissa July 20, 2009 at 2:37 pm

Sounds very familiar!!!! I’d love to check it out. Thanks.


19 Misty July 20, 2009 at 3:50 pm

I just found your site! I would love to win this book!


20 Emily L July 20, 2009 at 3:58 pm

I would love to read this. :)


21 Sarah July 20, 2009 at 4:40 pm

I would love to read this one!


22 Alison July 20, 2009 at 4:53 pm

Would love to win this! My 3 year old’s new version of “no” is “You do it.” Uh, someone needs an attitude adjustment!


23 Shannon (The Mommy-Files) July 20, 2009 at 5:47 pm

I NEED this book for myself and my 3 boys. Thanks for the great recommendation :)


24 Tarasview July 20, 2009 at 5:53 pm

oh I would LOVE to win this book!


25 cris July 20, 2009 at 6:35 pm

My guys all know this word (since the youngest was able to learn it from the oldest from an early age). We’d love to win this!


26 Pam July 20, 2009 at 8:46 pm

That looks like a fabulous book! It reminds me of my favorite They Might be Giants song, “No!”


27 Holly at Tropic of Mom July 20, 2009 at 11:01 pm

Sigh, the word no. It’s either that or my toddler pretends not to hear me.


28 Jen Nutzhorn July 20, 2009 at 11:04 pm

Love to win this book!


29 Jinii Boren July 20, 2009 at 11:28 pm

I totally need this book. I think I said no to my daughter 200 times in 10 minutes.


30 Mozi Esmes Mommy July 20, 2009 at 11:33 pm

Would love to have this book!


31 emily July 21, 2009 at 6:29 am

I’ve heard wonderful things about this book, and think it would be perfect for my very stubborn 3 year old.


32 Tammy Gordon July 21, 2009 at 6:43 am

Would love to win this!!


33 Mary Ward July 21, 2009 at 10:06 am

Running a daycare, I must use the word no a zillion times a day. I’m sure the kids would get a kick out of this book.


34 Stephanie July 21, 2009 at 10:28 am

As a mom of a champion 3-year-old fit-thrower, I think I need this book!


35 Maureen July 21, 2009 at 11:07 am

This sounds like a fun book to read out loud to my boys. Thanks,
Maureen (jnomaxx at hotmail dot com)


36 Marj July 21, 2009 at 11:10 am

Thank you for this chance to laugh myself silly. OMGoodness do I remember the tantrums. Mercy.


37 Thao July 21, 2009 at 12:27 pm

I think these days are coming for me and this book would be great to see the humor in children.

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38 Beth July 21, 2009 at 2:54 pm

I say “no” all day long. This sounds like a fun book.


39 Barbara M July 21, 2009 at 8:07 pm

I have a grand daughter who this book is perfect for.


40 Shanna Flaschka July 21, 2009 at 9:04 pm

Oh, wow! I have a five-year-old and twin three-year-olds, and I definitely hear “NO!” at least a 1000 times a day! Though I say it just as much!


41 Staci A July 21, 2009 at 9:15 pm

This sounds like a great book. I hear “no” around here more times a day than I could possibly count!


42 Adele July 21, 2009 at 10:33 pm

Well not only will be 16 month old grandson love this book but maybe my 22 year old son would enjoy reading it.


43 Lorie Shewbridge July 21, 2009 at 11:30 pm

This sounds like such an adorable book, I’d love to win it for my grandson. Thanks for the chance.


44 Lisa July 22, 2009 at 5:52 pm

I’d love to read this to my son!


45 Michelle July 22, 2009 at 6:46 pm

No, lol! Yep, we hear that a lot around our house. Usually before bedtime. :)


46 Mommy Magee July 22, 2009 at 7:15 pm

FUNNY! I’m getting ready soon for the terrible 2′s and will love this book!


47 Lea July 22, 2009 at 9:44 pm

This sounds like a fun book that my daughter and I would enjoy!


48 israel y July 22, 2009 at 11:07 pm

oh yeah! my son would love this!


49 Alicia July 23, 2009 at 2:47 am

Sounds like a perfect book for this family’s library!


50 Annette W July 23, 2009 at 12:04 pm

This book sounds like my daughter! She’s two. Need I say more??


51 pixie13 July 23, 2009 at 7:20 pm

My daughter would definitely love this book.


52 Tracydr July 23, 2009 at 11:43 pm

My 5 year old son is big on saying “no”. “no” to everything. I would LOVE to win this book.


53 Angela C. July 25, 2009 at 7:23 pm

I would love to win a copy of the book. Thanks for the giveaway.

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54 Mozi Esmes Mommy July 25, 2009 at 8:28 pm

Not an entry: just a note that I’ve posted about this on Winning Readings:



55 kathy pease July 26, 2009 at 10:58 pm

Thank you for the AWESOME GIVEAWAY.. Please count me in :)


56 Susan July 30, 2009 at 9:19 am

Oooh … would love this! Thank you for a fun giveaway!


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