A Thousand No’s

Written by DJ Corchin, Illustrated by Dan Dougherty

A Thousand No’s by DJ Corchin and illustrated by Dan Dougherty is a cute little easy-to-read book with a good message for kids in third grade and below. The premise of the story is that a little girl has an idea. But no’s keep attacking her and ruining her idea. She begins to feel overwhelmed with all the no’s thrown her way. Yet in the end, she realizes that she can take those no’s and create something even better than her original idea.

I would read this book aloud to young elementary students. The pictures are fun and it’s not too wordy that it will put the kids to sleep on the story time rug. The message of the story is that it’s okay to be told no. That doesn’t mean your brilliant idea is pathetic and worthless. Take those no’s and alter your idea into something bigger and better. This book teaches the readers about criticism and that, with the help of others, we can take those criticisms and create something fantastic. “A Thousand No’s” is very similar to the book What Do You Do With An Idea by Kobi Yamada, but A Thousands No’s shows the reader that it’s okay to ask for help and for others to say no to an idea you’ve been working on for a while. I would definitely recommend this book to be in your school library because of how easy it is to understand what the story is trying to convey.

Reviewed by Melissa Burggraaf, Media Clerk, Hillsdale Elementary
Review shared in November 2020
Rating: ★★★★½ (4.5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 1-3

Author Website: https://www.djcorchin.com/

A Thousand No’s
Written by DJ Corchin, Illustrated by Dan Dougherty
Sourcebooks Explore
48 pages
Release Date: August 4, 2020
ISBN: 9781728219196
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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