Nope. Never. Not for Me! By Samantha Cotterill


    I'm not sure what to think about this one. On the plus side, it shows a kiddo who doesn't want to try a new food changing their mind and trying one bite. They don't like it, but can celebrate that they were willing to try, and encouraged by that are willing to try more new foods. The text is simple, with the child's words in black and the adult's in red. The illustrations show the drama of the refusal, from dropping the food on the floor to see if it bounces to failing in flat our refusal.
    In the end, the parents calls the child a tryceratops and they add foods they enjoy to that name. Then name their brother a T.Rex for eating what looks like a chicken leg.
    I think this a good one to encourage kids to try new foods, it shows that it is okay to not like new things, and celebrates trying new foods even when you are doubtful. But it encourages a ton of drama before trying one bite. and I don't get the T.Rex part. 32 I see where this book was trying to go, but I wasn't a fan of much of it. I especially don't like when things are placed in a bad light, that shouldn't be, such as broccoli which in my mind is awesome. So, why make it constantly look like the bad guy? Makes no sense to me and can't see letting that slide. Aside from that, I can appreciate what this book was trying to do, but only for a little bit of it. 32 2.5 stars-- A kid who's picky about food learns that trying something new is a good thing, and maybe broccoli isn't so bad after all. Parents are also given hints about ways to introduce an unsure kid to new foods. As the child loves dinosaurs, she proclaims herself a Try-ceratops.

    However, I do agree with the other reviewer who is tired of seeing vegetables depicted as yucky as a foregone conclusion. Broccoli seems to bear the brunt of all of this.

    And the final page shows the little girl's brother scarfing chicken legs with the quote that he must be a T. Rex. Ugh.
    32 I loved how there wasn't very much spoken or illustrated gender in this picture book!! There were lots of other things I loved about it too, but I wanted to make sure I remembered that point. :) 32 A child is encouraged by her mother to try a new food.

    When presented with a piece of broccoli, a child steadfastly refuses to take a bite, citing its off-putting smell, texture, and appearance. Finally, her mother hits upon a creative way to frame the food that piques her daughter's interest. Even though she doesn't like broccoli, both parent/caregiver and child are proud of her for trying a new food.

    Young readers will relate to not wanting to try foods that are new, strange, and different, and caregivers will relate to trying to cajole a picky eater into trying a new food or eating a disliked food.

    Introducing new foods can be an uphill battle, and one that many caregivers simply give up on. Research has shown that it takes offering a new food 8 to 10 and even up to 20 or 30 times before a child will eat it. Continuing introduce different food and insisting children take a no thank you bite is one of the best ways to encourage diverse eating and cultivate an interest in different foods.

    The Little Senses series was created especially for children on the autism spectrum or who have sensory issues, but the stories are applicable to all sensitive children. 32

    This deceptively simple story guides sensitive kids through trying a new food, with support and encouragement aplenty.

    Children are often picky eaters, but for kids on the autism spectrum or with sensory issues, trying new foods can be especially challenging. In Nope! Never! Not for Me! a young child refuses to try a bite of broccoli--that is, until her mom guides her through a careful exploration of the new food. First she looks, then she sniffs, then touches, and finally takes one tiny bite. What do you know? Broccoli isn't so overwhelming after all!

    With simple, reassuring text and bold illustrations in a limited palette, Nope! Never! Not For Me! espouses a patient approach to picky eating and empowers kids to explore new experiences without stress or pressure. Nope. Never. Not for Me!

    Featured in a grandma reads session.

    This book choice was to help my group think about their food favorites and to reach out and try new things. A number of my group do love broccoli, a few will eat any veggies, and a few won't eat any. Hence the choice. The main focus is to at least try something before it is wholly rejected.

    I thought it would receive a greater response than it did. Pretty much a meh all around. May not be the book's issue, just a much-talked about topic from which everyone wants to move on. Still a good message, even if the picking on broc seems overdone.

    32 Another amazing one! This would be such a good addition to a story time about food (I might read it alongside 1 Big Salad: A Delicious Counting Book) because it's not just neurodiverse kids that are picky eaters. Kids need a lot of exposure to foods before they recognize them, and this is a really cute way of encouraging trying new foods.

    I also really love this new series because it's maybe the first book I've read about/for neurodiverse kids that is written by a neurodiverse person! Own voices baby! 32 Can we please stop telling children that broccoli is yucky and terrible?

    Nope. Never. Not for Me! is designed for picky eaters, particularly children on the autism spectrum. It aims to encourage children to experience new foods with other senses like touch and smell before moving on to taste.

    The objective is great, but the whole broccoli-is-gross angle is tired and, aside from a small mention in the synopsis, there's nothing in the book that indicates the protagonist is a child with autism. 32 Some of us are picky eaters, especially when we’re little and ESPECIALLY when trying new foods. But maybe if we take things a bit slower, first by looking, then sniffing, and then maybe one tiny little bite we can explore new tastes together. Enjoy this one now by checking out a copy on or searching for it on Overdrive! - Reviewed by Stephanie at MCPL Reading Rocket 32 Do not share unless your child is already a very fussy eater! The message will backfire on most kids, because most kids just need to have matter-of-fact role models who eat what's given them and say thank you and that's the end of it.

    I think a Try-ceratops will benefit from the book though. So, one star for most kids, five stars for those who need it, three is the average? 32

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