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Mr. Fox’s Game of “No!”

Mr Fox's Game of "No!"

Written by David LaRochelle
Illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka
Candlewick, September 10, 2024
Picture Book, 32 pages
Ages 4–8

Awards & Good Things

  • A Junior Library Guild Selection
  • Amazon Best Book
  • Parents magazine’s 30 Best Children’s Books of 2020
  • Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books 2020
  • Evanston Public Library’s Great Books for Kids List 2020

Book Description

Step right up for a battle of wits and test your brain with this nearly impossible Game of “NO!”. Kids will love avoiding Mr. Fox’s clever traps in this hilarious interactive story, but they won’t be able to resist answering “YES!” when asked if they want to read it again.


LaRochelle and Wohnoutka, the brilliantly witty writer and illustrator, take kids on a vicarious adventure of sneaky questions designed to trip up and amuse listeners in equal measure. From the cover portrait of Mr. Fox sporting a carnival barker’s top hat, cane and easy smile, to his final bow, the illustrations capture his role as an able trickster and his ideas for beguiling his audience. After all, every question in the book prepares kids to answer the last one correctly. And here it is: “Have you ever read a funnier, better written, more beautifully illustrated book than this one?” A clever, hilarious picture book!
– Booklist (starred review)

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“With applicability well beyond its reading level, this latest outing from the creators of See the Cat: Three Stories about a Dog and other clever romps focuses on the importance of apologizing for accidents or offenses and how to do it properly. Wohnoutka lightens the earnest tone of LaRochelle’s pitch with comical scenes of anthropomorphic cartoon animals. Along with rightly acknowledging that it might be hard, or even impossible, to fix mistakes, the author closes with a promise that saying sorry and meaning it will make you and, more important, the other person feel better.”


Downloadable Activity Sheets

* A simple creative writing activity
* How to Apologize coloring and drawing sheet