No! by Marta Altés
Marta Altés’ lovely book, No!, is sweet and tender, capable of illicitly a number of concerned remarks about the kind little pup at the center of its story. As this little dog tries so hard to help out his family their perpetual response of “No!” is taken by him to be his name, rather than a reprimand for the misplaced affection he displays.
Altés’ lovely illustrations and hand-lettering capture the exuberance of this little dog as he tries, in his own way, to please the people he loves. The relatablility of this book stems not only from Altés skill, but from the fact that she has tapped into a topic we know all too well. Many of use know (perhaps even live with) an animal just like the one in the book. He or she works “very hard to be good” but the effort only seems to materialize into chaos, mess, and frustration.
And yet, Altés shows us that the love we have for a dog — and the love that a dog has for us — can exist and flourish even when our furry friend is a holy terror of destructive-love. No! had been translated in 13 different languages and has one numerous awards — it is not hard to see why it has received such widespread praise. It should be a great addition t o anyone’s library, making for an enjoyable read.