Book Talk Tuesday: My No, No, No Day

 When my daughter, received My No, No, No Day! by Rebecca Patterson in the mail from Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, she instantly fell in love.  It became the new book that we read over and over and over.  The first thing I thought when I overheard my mom reading it to her for the first time was 'wow, that reminds me of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst. ' My mom (former teacher and librarian) said the same thing.  It is almost like a pre-school version of the book.

The main character, Bella, wakes up in a bad mood and everything sets her off.  She is having a No, No, No Day!  Her baby brother is bugging her, she doesn't want the food that her mom made her for breakfast, she doesn't like her shoes, she can't sit still in the shopping cart, she doesn't play nicely with her friend, her dinner is too hot and her bath is too cold, and she doesn't want to go to bed.  She talks to her mom and realizes it was a bad day and her mother assures her that everyone has them and tomorrow will be better.  Bella wakes up the next morning and has a better day!

We could REALLY relate to this book right now.  We have been having some No, No, No Days ourselves.  Two is hard!  Totally get the terrible twos and I hope everyone who has told me three is worse is wrong.

"You ate that yesterday, what do you mean you don't like it today?"
"Your sister is getting attention so you are going to act up, huh?"
"You don't want to go to bed?  You aren't tired?  Riiight!"

Ohhhh....two is so fun!

This book would also be great to use for text to text connections with Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.  You could have your students compare Bella and Alexander and what happens during their bad days.  They could discuss how each character solved their problems, what role other family members played throughout the day or how the story ended.  I've included a FREEBIE that has two graphic organizers to use for comparing two books.  It is generic so you can use them for any books.

This could be a fun activity to do in the coming weeks, since the movie Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day with Jennifer Garner and Steve Carell comes out October 10.  There is also a YouTube cartoon of the book that is 9 minutes long.

I'm linking up with Mrs. Jump's Class for her weekly Book Talk Tuesday linky.  Hop over and check out some new books.