Picture Book Review: The Not Even Once Club by Wendy Watson Nelson

Not even once clubTitle: The Not Even Once Club

Author: Wendy Watson Nelson

Illustrator: Brandon Dorman

Publisher: Deseret Book

Released: August 1, 2013


Book Summary:

The Not Even Once Club is an adorable and appealing way to engage children in a story that will help them choose for themselves to keep the commandments and to never break them. Not even once.


Children will meet Tyler, an energetic boy who is excited to make new friends in his Primary class. They have invited Tyler to join their special club, but first he has to pass the test and keep the club promise.


With illustrations from bestselling illustrator Brandon Dorman, The Not Even Once Club is a fun and engaging way for parents to help teach their children the importance of keeping the commandments. Included in the back of the book are additional teaching helps for parents and leaders.


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This was a fun book to read to my 7 year old daughter.  She was the perfect age to get what this book was trying to teach.

The Not Even Once Club is a picture book aimed at and written for LDS primary aged children.  The children in the N.E.O. club pledge to never cheat, bully, steal, smoke, take drugs, drink alcohol, etc.

As a child I heard a story of an adult who had never smoked, never drank and never done drugs.  I set a goal to be able to say the same thing when I was an adult. As a result I can proudly say I have never tasted alcohol, never taken illegal drugs and never smoked… not even once. So obviously I agree completely with the message and aim of this book.

I had a fun discussion with my daughter after reading this book.  The only thing she was disappointed in was not getting to see the kids play all the fun games and eat all the treats that were present in their club house.


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About the Author

Wendy Watson Nelson holds a Ph.D. in family therapy and gerontology. Prior to her marriage to Elder Russell M. Nelson, she was a professor of marriage and family therapy for twenty-five years. Sister Nelson has served as a stake Relief Society president, stake Primary president, and chaired theBYU Women’s Conference. Currently, she is an institute instructor and visiting teacher. Sister Nelson was born in Raymond, Alberta, Canada, to Leonard David and Laura Byrde McLean Watson.


About the Illustrator

Brandon Dorman is the illustrator of the #1 New York Times bestsellerThe Wizard. He graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho, where he studied fine art and illustration. He and his wife, Emily, have three children and live in Washington, where he enjoys working as a freelance illustrator. His work has appeared in children’s books and on numerous covers, including Pingo, The Candy Shop War, and the Fablehaven series. See more of Brandon Dorman’s artwork at BrandonDorman.com

4 stars

Rating: 4 Stars – Great Book

Source: Review copy from Publisher


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