Noni Says No

Noni Says No

By Heather Hartt-Sussman; Genevieve Cote (Illustrator)

Tundra Books (NY), Hardcover, 9781770492332, 24pp.

Publication Date: February 8, 2011

Noni can do many things: she can give her baby brother his bottle, she can help her mother in the kitchen, and she can even walk over to her friend Susie's house. But Noni just can t say no. When she was very small, it was easy saying no to everybody, but now that she has a best friend, she wants to please. Noni can t say no to her friend, even when it means she has to hand over a precious toy, or when it means agreeing to a hideous haircut, or even giving up her bed at a sleepover. But when Noni finally finds her voice, the consequences are not what she or the reader expects.
Heather Hartt-Sussman's story, complemented by the playful illustrations of Genevieve Cote, is a comforting exploration of friendship and of the importance of trusting one's own judgment. Many children (as well as many adults) will root for Noni as she learns that you can stand up for yourself and still be a good friend.

About the Author

Genevi?ve C?t? is a Montreal artist whose illustrations have graced the pages of publications such as the New York Times and the Boston Globe. Her books have received three nominations for the Governor General's Award for Illustration, one of which went on to win, and she has also won the the Elisabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award.

Praise For Noni Says No

Praise for Noni Says No, illustrated by Geneviève Côté:
“This book could generate good discussion about standing up for one’s self and handling difficult relationships, including ways to establish and maintain friendships when everyone involved has a chance to react honestly and without fear.”
School Library Journal
“…Here is a fine book that explores early friendships from a new angle…. Young readers trying to figure out the challenges of friendship and teachers trying to shore up the timid will find a new friend in Noni. Gentle, like Noni herself.”
Kirkus Reviews