Book of the Week: No Fits, Nilson

December 16, 2013

No Fits, Nilson by Zachariah Ohora

Images and text by Carter.

Meet Nilson and Amelia, stars of No Fits Nelson! They are inseparable. Ukelele-playing, block-stacking, and scooter-ing together until bathtime. Nilson can’t do baths because he’s afraid of the water. Sometimes, Nilson throws loud, wailing, house-shaking fits. Sound familiar? But sometimes Nilson can’t be entirely to blame.

No Fits, Nilson by Zachariah Ohora

Zachariah Ohora has captured the meltdowns of toddlerhood and the frustrating feelings of things gone wrong. Why does that other guy have a banana and I don’t? And who likes the line at the post office anyway? This book is perfect for the mama who needs to remember that Nilsons and Amelias all over the place throw fits and tantrums. It’s perfect for kids who just might see themselves in the mirror of these two. It’s charming, calming, and good for a fit of giggles, too.

Plus, all fits are forgotten when it’s time for banana pancakes. This feels like a good rule of thumb for life, wouldn’t you say?

No Fits, Nilson by Zachariah Ohora

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1 Lindsay December 16, 2013 at 9:39 am

Ooooh, yes. This looks like the perfect book for a family to read at bedtime. Plenty of impatience, yelling, and sibling rivalry around here. I think we could use some reminders of how to have more patience, grownups included!

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2 Charity December 16, 2013 at 11:01 am

Such a fun looking book. I love the illustration. Thanks for sharing!

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3 Nina Leung December 16, 2013 at 3:11 pm

This looks perfect! A great way to help children understand what happens to the people around them when they have a tantrum. Nice illustrations, too!

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4 Erin December 19, 2013 at 8:14 pm

We got this from the library last week and it was one of our favorites of the batch! Such great illustrations and a playful way of dealing with childhood frustrations. Our 4-year-old son loved it.

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5 Masha December 23, 2013 at 12:37 pm

I think the best books for kids are those that been illustrated and written by the same person. Great work!

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