No, No Kitten – Perfect Picture Book Friday

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no noTitle: No, No, Kitten

Written by: Shelley Moore Thomas

Illustrated by: Lori Nichols

Published by: Boyds Mills Press, 2015

Themes/Topics: kittens, mischief, imagination

Suitable for ages: 3-7


Kitten wants a basket.
Kitten wants a pillow.
Kitten wants a blanket.
Kitten wants…


Kitten wants lots of kittenish things, but what’s with the engines, gadgets and lasers? Kittens have no place planning tips to outer space, or have they?

Why I like This Book:

A cute unconventional kitten and a story style that reminds me a little of another cat series I love by Deborah Underwood. Here the voice talking to the kitten is its little girl owner (in Deborah’s series it is the narrator talking to Cat). Kitten (and puppy) are big dreamers and undeterred by correction or convention, they make the impossible come true. Young children should certainly be encouraged to let their imaginations run wild with this story.

Lori Nichols brings spunk and life to the animate and inanimate objects using dip pen and ink and coloring digitally. Check for some great foreshadowing in the earlier illustrations. This story of “No, no, you can’t…” that every toddler will be able to relate to. The repetition and rhythm make this a great read-aloud.


Check out the great book trailer here.

A great activity for this would be to come up with for example what a baby sibling could and could not have.

Each week a group of bloggers reviews picture books we feel would make great educational reads. To help teachers, caregivers and parents, we have included resources and activities with each of our reviews. A complete list of the thousands of books we have reviewed can be found sorted alphabetically and by topics, here on Susanna Leonard Hill’s website.

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11 Responses to No, No Kitten – Perfect Picture Book Friday

  1. What a sweet book. It is especially relevant for young children. Cute video.

  2. Jilanne Hoffmann says:

    I’m thinking that the kitten factor will get kids interested, and the situations will keep them entertained. Sounds great! Thanks for highlighting!

  3. I love the unexpected elements. I’m adding this to my ReZfoReMo list. Thanks!

  4. :Donna says:

    I love Lori Nichols’ work and this looks SO cute 🙂 Love that kitten!

  5. definitely adding this to my “must read” list! It looks cute, and funny. And anything with gadgets – well, that’s gotta be cool.

  6. rhythm says:

    Kittens never listen!!!! But from your review here, this sounds like an intriguing tale! Thanks!

  7. Rachel says:

    Kitten wants a lot of things! Sounds like my 5 year old!

  8. Stinkers my library doesn’t have this one. I’ll put it on my list. 🙂 Thanks for the recommendation. The trailer is very cute too.

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