Oh, No!

by Candace Fleming (Author) Eric Rohmann (Illustrator)

Oh, No!
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
"This picture book reads like an instant classic.... Oh, yes!" raved Kirkus Reviews in a starred review.

Young children will delight in repeating the refrain "OH, NO!" as one animal after another falls into a deep, deep hole in this lively read-aloud. This simple and irresistible picture book by hugely popular picture book creators--Candace Fleming and Caldecott medalist Eric Rohmann--feels like a classic-in-the-making. Fans of Rohmann's Caldecott Medal--winning My Friend Rabbit, will be thrilled to see a new book created in the same expressive and comical style.
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Kirkus Reviews

Starred Review
With text that begs to be read aloud and sumptuous illustrations made by a master printmaker, this picture book reads like an instant classic . . . Oh, yes! This is a terrific new picture book.

Publishers Weekly

Starred Review

In this first collaboration from Fleming (Clever Jack Takes the Cake) and Rohmann (Bone Dog), jungle animals tumble one by one into a deep pit: "Frog fell into a deep, deep hole. Ribbit-oops! Ribbit-oops!" The rhythm of the lines recalls the old favorite "Frog Went A-Courtin'," and the story's chain of accidents and bumbling characters are friendly, familiar devices, too. Mouse falls in trying to rescue Frog, Loris tumbles down from a tree, Sun Bear's rescue attempt fails, Monkey's swing from a vine goes wrong, but--just as Tiger looms above--they're all rescued by a kindly elephant. It sounds like light fare, but Rohmann's magnificent woodblock-style prints give it unexpected dignity. The jungle pit is as spacious as a cathedral, and the animals somersault into it like Olympic divers in slow motion. Humor prevails, though, with piquant sound words ("The ground bumble-rumbled and quake-shake-quaked"), speech balloons floating up out of the pit, and glimpses of the tiger's tail and paws. It's a book with the feel of an older classic--and it may well become one. Ages 3-7. Agent: Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency. (Sept.)

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School Library Journal

Starred Review

PreS-Gr 2--Rohmann's relief prints bring an exuberant humor to Fleming's rhythmic read-aloud. When an elastic-looking frog falls into a deep hole ("Ribbit-oops!"), a timid mouse, lugubrious loris, resourceful sun bear, and jaunty monkey all tumble down after him during unsuccessful rescue attempts. Fleming's bouncing rhymes and repeated lines-set in comfortably large, rounded text-entice readers into an enjoyable delivery complete with snarled sound effects and onomatopoeic exclamations. The repetitive "Oh, no!" allows listeners to join in with the engaging text as the animals face a lurking tiger eager to snack on the helpless group. Rohmann knows to leave swathes of open space in his full-spread illustrations, focusing attention on his expressive, energetic animals in their vibrant safari palette of bright browns, tans, and greens. In a satisfying conclusion, the refrain returns as the tiger, now stuck in the hole, asks the released animals if they will help him clamber out. Oh, no!--Robbin E. Friedman, Chappaqua Library, NY

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School Library Journal Best of Children's Books 2012

Kirkus Reviews Best of Children's Books 2012  

Candace Fleming
Candace Fleming is the prolific author of The Family Romanov, a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book and the recipient of both the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Young Adult Literature; Amelia Lost, which received four starred reviews; The Great and Only Barnum, nominated for an ALA-YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction and a Publishers Weekly and Booklist Best Book of the Year; The Lincolns, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award recipient; Our Eleanor, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; and Ben Franklin's Almanac, a James Madison Honor Book. She is also the author of many highly acclaimed picture books, including Oh, No!, illustrated by Eric Rohmann, and middle-grade books, including Ben Franklin's in My Bathroom! and The Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary School. You can follow Candace Fleming on Twitter at @candacemfleming and visit her at candacefleming.com.

Eric Rohmann is a painter, printer, and fine bookmaker. He is the author/illustrator of the Caldecott Medal-winning My Friend Rabbit and the Caldecott Honor Book Time Flies. He and Candace Fleming have collaborated on numerous acclaimed children's books, including Giant Squid and Oh, No!, recipient of three starred reviews. Visit him at ericrohmann.com.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Schwartz & Wade Books
Publication date
December 20, 2018
BISAC categories
JUV057000 - Juvenile Fiction | Stories in Verse (see also Poetry)
JUV002000 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | General
Library of Congress categories
Stories in rhyme
Buckaroo Book Award
Nominee 2013 - 2014
E.B. White Read Aloud Award
Finalist 2013 - 2013
Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award
Nominee 2014 - 2014
Kentucky Bluegrass Award
Nominee 2014 - 2014
Parents Choice Awards (Spring) (2008-Up)
Gold Medal Winner 2013 - 2013
North Carolina Children's Book Award
Nominee 2014 - 2014
Literary Award
Finalist 2013 - 2013
Charlotte Zolotow Award
Highly Commended 2013 - 2013
Grand Canyon Reader Award
Nominee 2015 - 2015
Golden Archer Award
Nominee 2015 - 2015
Virginia Readers Choice Award
Nominee 2015 - 2015
Georgia Children's Book Award
Nominee 2015 - 2015

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