NOPE! illus. by Drew Sheneman. 40p. ebook available. Viking. Jan. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781101997314.
PreS-Gr 1—An encouraging yet insistent blue mama bird tries to nudge a not-so-confident chick out of the nest. As he peers nervously over the edge, he imagines a dangerous scene awaiting him—a cat, a pack of wolves, and even a pool of gators ready to devour him. "Nope!" he says. When Mama eventually kicks the chick out, he learns that not only is he capable of flying, he also loves it! This debut picture book from an editorial cartoonist contains humorous, brightly colored images. Almost wordless, the story conveys a wide range of emotions, including frustration, fear, and exhilaration, through the birds' expressions and body language. The many expressions, combined with a comic style and lack of dialogue, offer plenty of discussion opportunities between parent and child. Preschoolers who sometimes feel nudged out of the nest themselves will relate to the blue chick's reluctance to fly, laugh out loud at his antics to avoid it, and delight in his eventual accomplishment.
VERDICT A fun book to share one-on-one, showing a wide range of attitudes one might adopt when faced with new undertakings, and a strong choice for picture book collections.

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