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Bernette Ford and Sam Williams, the creators of No More Diapers for Ducky!, No More Bottles for Bunny!, and the other “No More” books, are back with another sweet entry in their popular series.
It's Billy Goat's first day at school, and he feels lost and lonely. Even though he really wants to join in the fun and games, he just doesn't know how. Billy Goat gets so frustrated that he even bites Piggy, Lambkin, and Bunny! But with a little gentle guidance from sympathetic Ducky, he learns that teeth are for biting food—not your friends.
Bernette Ford has written many successful books for children, including No More Diapers for Ducky! (Boxer) and First Snow (Holiday House). Bernette was a children's book publisher for many years and now works as a book consultant through her company Color-Bridge Books. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Sam Williams is best known for his numerous picture books and board books for babies, including the bestseller Cold Little Duck, Duck, Duck, published by Greenwillow. Sam splits his time between New York and London.
“A bad habit nipped, so to speak, in the bud. Afflicted with a bad case of shyness on his first day of school, little Billy Goat—prompted by helpful classmate Ducky--tries to join Bunny, Piggy and Lambkin in play. When his whispered requests don't get their attention, he resorts to sharper measures…and then again when Piggy objects to his pushy behavior. Once everybody's crying, Ducky rushes over to demonstrate a more sharing way to play, finally getting all to agree that 'Teeth are for biting food, not for biting friends.' Williams suspends stubby-limbed nestlings, depicted with broad crayon and brushstrokes, in white space, and though Billy and Bunny sport similarly rabbitlike ears, the playmates are easy enough to tell apart. Along with Ford's explanations of what's going down ('Billy was getting frustrated. So he bit Lambkin on her chubby little arm, really hard'), the range of postures and expressions provide clear cues to the incident's emotional highs and lows. The morsels of behavioral insight, along with Ducky's peacemaking, give this as much instructional value for adults as it does for little diaper-wearing beasties.” —Kirkus Reviews
“The creators of No More Pacifier for Piggy! (2008) offer another gently instructive look at a common preschool problem . . . Williams' watercolor and charcoal illustrations feature lots of white space, allowing young listeners to focus on these appealing animal characters and their emotions. Preschool teachers will appreciate the inclusion of Billy's motivations—he is not evil, just frustrated—and find this useful for teachable moments.” —Booklist