From the creator of the viral “Bones or No Bones” TikTok videos comes a sweet and entertaining picture book following Noodle the pug and his human as they navigate Noodle’s first No Bones Day—a day for being kind to yourself!
Noodle is a sweet, silly old pug who enjoys doing all his favorite activities with his favorite human, Jonathan. But one day when Jonathan goes to take Noodle on his morning walk, he finds Noodle still comfortable in bed. When Jonathan lifts Noodle up, Noodle just flops over. It’s almost like Noodle woke up without any bones!
Noodle isn’t sick or sad—but he also isn’t interested in going for walks or sitting outside (he will accept snacks, though). Today, all he needs are extra snuggles and belly rubs. Jonathan soon learns that not every day can be a Bones Day, and sometimes a No Bones Day is exactly what you need to get through the week.
Jonathan Graziano is a Rochester native who currently resides in New York City with his geriatric pug and muse, Noodle. Together they enjoy people watching, snacking, and spending time together on the couch. It is Jonathan’s hope (he has learned not to speak for Noodle) that people find joy in this story and seek to rescue or adopt a dog next time they want to bring one into their family. You can find Jonathan and Noodle on TikTok at @JonGraz.
Dan Tavis is illustrator living in New Hampshire. He has been doodling ever since his first math class in elementary school! He is the illustrator of Common Critters and Fluffy McWhiskers Cuteness Explosion, among other projects. Learn more at DanTavis.com.
Why We Love It
“It’s hard not to be obsessed with Noodle and his daily Bones-or-No-Bones proclamations—but the way this book captures that wonderful humor while also bringing forth a message about emotional intelligence that can resonate with all ages is incredibly special and makes this a story that families of all kinds can enjoy.”
—Nicole F., Editor, on Noodle and the No Bones Day
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (June 7, 2022)