Yay, You! Moving Out, Moving Up, Moving On

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Moving Out, Moving Up, Moving On
For new graduates, or for anyone facing imminent change, here is profound insight, bold inspiration, and truly ensloxifying advice. Also an occasional hippo. No wombats.
What's more, Yay,You! will not overstress the weary mind. It's nice and short, with lots of pictures, no chapters, no index, no graphs, no study questions, and not a single ...

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Overview

Moving Out, Moving Up, Moving On
For new graduates, or for anyone facing imminent change, here is profound insight, bold inspiration, and truly ensloxifying advice. Also an occasional hippo. No wombats.
What's more, Yay,You! will not overstress the weary mind. It's nice and short, with lots of pictures, no chapters, no index, no graphs, no study questions, and not a single Suggestion for Further Reading.
Portable, colorful, and low in saturated fats, this is truly the perfect gift for that special onwardly-mobile someone.
There are so many choices. The world is immense. Take a good look around and decide what makes sense...

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Editorial Reviews

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While other graduate greeters unfurl highfalutin' thoughts or angst over career plans, Boynton entertains us with bubbles and bears and ice-covered peaks. Her delightfully comic creatures convey ever so perfectly the feelings of buoyancy and relief that Graduation Day brings. Clever rhymes that lift the spirit.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Like Dr. Seuss's Oh, the Places You'll Go!, Boynton's latest picture book seems geared more for the graduation gift market than the children's bookshelf. She strikes up a chipper note from the start, offering introductory congratulations of an unspecified nature to the reader ("You did it!/ You're done!/ You made it!/ You're through!") then asks, "Now what will you do?" A tongue-in-cheek dash, in rhyme, through the many options life holds follows ("Do you long for adventure?/ Do you love to read maps?/ Would you rather stay home/ with your chocolate,/ perhaps?"). If Boynton treads a well-worn path here, offering advice that is somewhat generic and bland ("Whatever you do,/ whether near or so far,/ I know you'll be great./ You already are"), the artwork plays against the relentlessly upbeat tone and helps to hoist the book above greeting-card sentiment. Filled with her trademark bestiary of droll, quizzical characters, from a cow meditating in the lotus position ("oom") to a frog with an outboard motor attached to his lily pad ("some like to go fast"), the amusing scenarios will prod laughter from young and old alike. All ages. (Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Boynton's classic hippos, cows, cats and bears are among the animals that present the reader with a wide variety of options for life—"Should you live where it's cold? Should you live where it's hot? Do you want to be terribly busy? Or not?" Undeniably comparable to Dr. Seuss's Oh, the Places You'll Go, this is a short and eminently readable book of cheer for recent graduates, no matter what their ages, that is affirming and humorous at the same time. "Whatever you do, whether near or so far, I know you'll be great. You already are." Not particularly suitable for library shelves, this is more of an extended greeting card—but one that children and adults alike will enjoy. 2001, Simon & Schuster, $14.95. Ages 5 up. Reviewer: Cherri Jones
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689842832
  • Publisher: Little Simon
  • Publication date: 4/1/2001
  • Edition description: Repackage
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 50,403
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Lexile: AD130L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.74 (w) x 8.36 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Boynton

Sandra Boynton is a popular American humorist, songwriter, children’s author, and illustrator. Boynton has written and illustrated more than forty books for both children and adults, as well as more than four thousand greeting cards and four music albums. She has designed—for various companies—calendars, wallpaper, bedding, stationery, paper goods, clothing, jewelry, and plush toys.

Biography

In the 1980s, it was hard to enter a gift shop without seeing Sandra Boynton's name. Her humorous pen-and-watercolor cartoons of hippos, ewes, and her famous turkeys (you know, symbolizing the human ones in life who can get you down) were emblazoned on cards, mugs, stickers, stationery...and of course, her wonderful, wacky books, the first of which was 1979's Hippos Go Berserk! .

Boynton began her career as a greeting card illustrator with aspirations of theater directing; but having a family changed her focus, and she began devoting herself full-time to art. Her board books, filled with goofy animal illustrations and rhyming verse, are toddler staples. But their appeal to adults is undeniable, and she has also written a number of humor books for the general public.

Given the rhythmic, buoyant style of her writing, it was only natural that Boynton would become involved in companion music to her books. From the '90s on, several of her titles included accompanying CDs, culminating in the 2002 release of Philadelphia Chickens, a CD-book extravaganza written with composer Michael Ford and featuring musical performances by several high-profile stars.

Who knows what lies ahead for this irrepressible force of nature? If there's one thing Sandra Boynton has proved in the course of her remarkably diverse career, it's that she's not lost her capacity to surprise us. (Thank heavens!)

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    1. Hometown:
      "Somewhere in rural Connecticut"
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 3, 1953
    2. Place of Birth:
      Orange, New Jersey
    1. Education:
      B.A., Yale University, 1974; attended University of California--Berkeley Drama School and Yale Drama School

Interviews & Essays

A Conversation with Sandra Boynton

Q: Was there a particular milestone that inspired you to write Yay, You!?

A: I wrote Yay, You! for my son, Keith, as a high-school graduation present. I worked on it in secret, and gave it to him right after the graduation ceremony. He thanked me dutifully, but without marked enthusiasm. I think he would rather have gotten, oh, maybe a car.

Q: Were you very artistic as a child? When did you know that you wanted to pursue art as a career (and did you consider other careers)?

A: Growing up, I never had any particular talent for art; I just always loved to draw and make things (My mother would add, "...and never clean anything up."). The school I went to from age 5 to 17 -- Germantown Friends in Philadelphia -- was an absolutely superb environment, with the arts thoroughly integrated into the curriculum. This kind of effortless immersion is bound to resonate through the life of any student, at school and beyond.

I went to Yale intending to major in art; but the English program at that time was much more in line with my somewhat classical sensibility, so that's the direction I went. I then went to graduate school in drama -- first at U.C. Berkeley, then at Yale -- ostensibly headed for a life as a director. I was designing greeting cards to pay my way through school, and I wrote my first book, Hippos Go Berserk (1979), while I was still a student. When my first daughter was born, I realized that the drawing and writing were much more compatible with a reasonable family life than theater would be, so I followed that path.

Q: What is your favorite medium to work with (pen and ink, marker, paint)?

A: I work almost entirely with technical pen and watercolor -- sometimes pencil. Never computers, except for typography. Pen and fudge is also good, for sepia tones.

Q: Is there a particular reason that you draw mostly animals?

A: Animals are versatile people --surrogates, since in using them, an artist becomes largely freed from the constraints of age, gender, race, and so on. Though the real reason is I have no idea how to draw people.

Q: Do you have a favorite character that you've created?

A: I really don't have a favorite character. People who know me tend to see my cats as me -- and sometimes the hippos (particularly if we're sharing a dessert).

Q: Has your work ever been animated for television/video?

A: I've had quite a few inquiries about animation rights, but I'm unwilling to relinquish that control. If I do animation, it will be at a time that I can assume a central creative role, not a license-granting one. I still have children at home, so it's certainly not the right time yet.

Q: What other authors and artists do you admire?

A: George Eliot, Nabokov, Keats, Shakespeare, Shaw, Dave Barry, Turner, van Gogh, Jessie Willcox Smith, Bill Waterson.

Q: Do you write and draw at the same time, or do the poems come to you outside of the studio?

A: It's rare to be suddenly inspired -- a fairy chicken with a magic wand appears kind of thing. Though perhaps I wouldn't admit it if that were to happen. I'm pretty prosaic: I work when I work. Sometimes the pictures are first, sometimes the words, sometimes they're apparently simultaneous.

Q: Chocolate is often mentioned in your work. Do you have a favorite chocolate treat?

A: I like intense, brooding, elegant dark chocolate, often with toasted almonds.

Q: What do you have planned for your next book?

A: I wish I knew.

This interview has been provided by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2006

    Perfect Graduation Gift

    This book is wonderful, and anyone who knows someone getting ready to graduate from high school should really check it out! The words should be an inspiration to us all....

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2004

    Love it ! And gotta share it !!

    I really love this book and it's such a great inspiration for an adult like me. I am gonna give my copy to a charity for some children out there. Maybe this will make them smile during the holiday season. Later on I definately will get another copy for myself to keep!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2001

    For all ages

    Behind all the goofy faces and simple rhymes in this sweet book is a very real, very sweet sentiment of pride and support that any friend or family member will be glad you shared with them. It's for that special successful person, young or old, especially those entering a new phase of life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2014

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    A books for graduates of all ages and any kind of graduation.  

    A books for graduates of all ages and any kind of graduation.   It is cute and written by author Boynton who writes mostly for children.   I am not sure the reason she wrote this but compared to the Dr. Seuss book “Oh The Places You Will Go”,  “Yay, You” Loses steam at the end of the book.  The art is cute and resembles most of Boynton’s books for children. I wish I could say more about it.  Unfortunately I keep comparing it to Seuss.   This was  a nice try but I do not feel the enthusiasm.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2012

    Great graduate gift or an extra push!

    This book came to me while sitting in JFK airport, making a life changing decision to stay or leave NYC. I ended up staying after a quick trip home to the Midwest. I was 23 when I found it so it's evidence that it applies to the young as well as the adult. I also gave this to my friend who graduated college. She adored it. This book is worth the purchase for any graduate or someone who needs a reminder that the world is theirs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2011

    Highly recommended

    This is one of my 2 year old's favorite books. We have to read it to him almost every night. Great book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2001

    Perfect for 18 months, 18 years, or beyond...

    I just read this book in a bookstore and had to buy it. It is clearly based on the Dr. Seuss classic 'Oh The Places You Will Go.' Like the Seuss book, it appeals to high school and college graduates, but it can be enjoyed by young children as well. As a professor, I plan to give a copy to all my students earning PhDs, and I also just ordered a copy for my 14 month old boy. Wonderful illustrations. A bit more 'cutesy' than the Seuss classic, but ever-so-worthy of comparison. I always suspected that Boynton is a genius when it comes to translating the simple joys of life to people of all ages. 'Yay, You!' proves it. I love every book Boynton has penned (and inked), even when I read them over and over and over again (as a good father must).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2001

    Yay Sandra!

    Okay, maybe I shouldn't admit this, but I am a Barnes and Noble employee, and when the store is slow, I occasionally sneak into the childrens section to read the new books. This one is great. Lots of fun for ages 1 to 100.

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