Kristen Cornell (author) Rebeca J. Pintos (illustrator)
Independently Published (2021)
Reviewed by Sheri Hoyte for Reader Views (01/2022)
“Noah, No!” is a mischievous entertaining adventure of a young toddler. Telling the tale of the exploratory stages of toddlerhood, Kristen Cornell has created an adorable book that will be treasured by all ages.
Noah is a boy who is curious, adventurous and has no fear. Chloe is his big sister, who loves her brother dearly, but is constantly trying to keep him safe and out of trouble. While it may be never-ending, Chloe doesn’t complain. Together, they have a lot of fun, all the while developing a special sibling bond that will last a lifetime.
Where to start? “Noah, No!” is a sweet and charming tale that brought up so many emotions for me. First, it took me all the way back to my childhood (we’ll just leave it at a long time ago…). As a big sister, I could easily relate to Chloe, remembering all the impish things my own little brother used to do. Later, as a mother, I relished the memories of my own son’s adventures. Now, as a grandmother of a toddler about Noah’s age, the tale made my heart burst with love.
The story features many of the daily activities of toddlers, including the exploration of putting things where they don’t belong, getting into things that should be left alone, learning new things, appreciating everyday things, learning right from wrong and growing up. It’s fun watching my granddaughter go through all these familiar experiences, enjoying every moment, yet wanting time to stand still as well. I can’t wait to read this book to her, she will find it quite fun! I can hear her now saying, “Noah, No!”
The illustrations accompany the story in perfect harmony, bringing the story to life with brilliant colors and highlighting the daily escapades in exquisite fashion. Kudos to Rebeca J. Pintos for capturing the perfect essence of a toddler.
Overall, “Noah, No!” is a story that will entertain kids of all ages, including the young at heart. The books itself is of the highest quality, sturdy enough for your little one’s fingers!
In addition to a wonderful story, there is an admirable humanitarian benefit behind the book as the author is donating $1 from the sale of every book to the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario, the official source of advice on childhood cancer to the Ministry of Health in Ontario. Bravo.