No-Dogs-Allowed Rule

Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company; (August 1, 2012)

No-Dogs-Allowed Rule by Kashmira Sheth

Ishan Mehra wants a dog, but his mother has a rule about dogs. (Guess what it is?) Ishan figures if he's helpful enough and does enough things right around the house, he can change her mind. Somehow, though, the right things seem to come out all wrong, whether it's making paratha for breakfast or repainting the hallway!

My first novel for younger readers introduces Ishan and I hope his misadventures will resonate with kids everywhere..

Hear how Kashmira pronouces her characters' names



The Washington Post review
"The No-Dogs-Allowed Rule" by Kashmira Sheth.
Age 7 and up.
Ishan Mehra is a typical third-grader. He likes creepy-crawling critters and annoying his older brother. But what he really would love more than anything is to have a dog. The problem is that his mom has a rule against dogs. This fun, easy-to-read book follows Ishan on some very funny adventures as he tries to persuade his mom to change her mind. Does he get his dog? We'll never tell.

Kirkus: The first-person, present-tense narration includes short paragraphs, ample dialogue and illustrations every few pages (final art not seen). While the multicultural aspect of this title is important, its real strength is the familiarity of Ishan's situation. Elementary school readers will find it easy to identify with both his younger-brother troubles and his desperate desire for a dog. Just right for aspiring pet owners.

Booklist: The author of Boys without Names (2010) here addresses a younger audience with characters who are both funny and believable. Much like his female counterparts Junie B. Jones and Ramona, Ishan's naivety and creativity will endear him to readers, as will his sibling difficulties. Ishan's South Asian heritage plays a prominent role, but it doesn't drive the plot. Illustrated with pencil drawings, this will be popular with beginning chapter-book readers.

School Library Journal: The story's pacing, geared toward beginning chapter-book readers, moves swiftly toward its resolution and has enough mild surprises along the way to keep youngsters turning the page to see if the boys are victorious at the end. Occasional black-and-white illustrations work well in tying the story together.

Blog Reviews
Be warned: children with CDS (Canine Deficiency Syndrome) will surely giggle and laugh through No-Dogs, all the while learning new tricks to convince obstinate parents the incomparable value of a furry, four-legged family addition.
The book is fun, and the illustrations are wonderful black-and-white drawings in a semi-realistic mode (like the cover) that capture well particular situations and especially the facial expressions of the characters.
The second grade readers learn from a third grader in a hilarious and creative way what not to do. They also learn a great deal about the Indian-American culture and many terms from the Hindi language. The sense of community conveyed by the party, by the town meeting, and by interaction with neighbors, showing kids positive ways to channel their energy.
Ishan is a comical fellow who will make readers laugh. Perfect for boys and readers who want a dog and or enjoy humorous stories.
This book that'd be great for third or fourth grade was released earlier this month.

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Awards, Honors, Prizes
  • Landed on Publishers' Weekly's Children's galleys to Grab: BEA 2012


What I'm working on now...

Right now I am working on my picture book Tiger in My Soup. It will be out in spring 2013.