Yes Day!

Yes Day!

by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Tom Lichtenheld
     
 

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No matter how silly the requests, there is one day a year when kids always receive positive answers: Can I have pizza for breakfast? Yes! Can we have a food fight? Yes! Can I stay up really late? Yes! This day is simply called Yes Day and it's the best day of the year.

Amy Krouse Rosenthal's simple text coupled with Tom Lichtenheld's delightful

Overview

No matter how silly the requests, there is one day a year when kids always receive positive answers: Can I have pizza for breakfast? Yes! Can we have a food fight? Yes! Can I stay up really late? Yes! This day is simply called Yes Day and it's the best day of the year.

Amy Krouse Rosenthal's simple text coupled with Tom Lichtenheld's delightful illustrations will send kids on a journey into their wildest wishes. With humor and appreciation for life's little pleasures, Yes Day! captures the excitement of being a kid.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

A boy celebrates his favorite day of the year-the titular one when his parents indulge his every desire-in this exuberant picture book from the creators of The OK Book. On Yes Day, the boy receives affirmative responses to his requests for eating pizza for breakfast, filling the cart with sugary cereal at the supermarket and staying up really late, among other things. Though the boy leads the charge, his parents, sister and even the dog eagerly join in, turning his "holiday" into amusement for the whole family (including a food fight in the yard and an invented game that involves pitching a bucket of Ping-Pong balls down the basement stairs). Via her fantasy to-do list that many kids will relate to, Rosenthal taps into children's glee at bucking rules and routines in favor of irreverent (but not too crazy) fun. Rather than plastering a "Yes!" on each page in answer to the boy's questions, Lichtenheld reveals the answer in large wordless pictures. His comic-style art, which features a shaggy-haired protagonist with a winning grin, matches the energetic vibe of the text. Ages 4-8. (May)

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Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
The little guy in this story is having the day of his life. It is Yes Day, the one day of the year when his every whim is answered in the affirmative. Pizza for breakfast? Yes! Sugar cereals? Yes! Have a food fight? Yes! Ice cream right before lunch? Yes! Does the day have to end? Unfortunately, yes. But you can imagine he is already dreaming about next year. What a fun concept, simply stated and humorously illustrated. The energetic, cartoon-style illustrations follow the kid through his exuberant day and are the perfect visuals for the sparse text. Even the endpapers are fun. Blocked off in a calendar of tedious No Days from "When Pigs Fly Day, "Two Thumbs Down Day" and the clever Ixnay Ayday (pig Latin) they reinforce his halleluiah moment when the long-awaited day finally dawns. After reading this kids will be lobbying for their own Yes Day. A hit! Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal

K-Gr 2

An unnamed boy cheerfully explains his favorite day of the year-Yes Day-as he makes his way through it. He tells readers to watch and see as his every request is granted-pizza for breakfast, hair gel, an ice-cream cone, a food fight, a dinner guest-all that and more. Lichtenheld's bright and funny cartoons bring the story to life, with character expressions that are right on the mark. Endpapers show a calendar filled with familiar and amusing ways to say "no" that are heard on a daily basis, with the exception, of course, on Yes Day. Children will find Rosenthal and Lichtenheld's third collaboration irresistible. Yes!-Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH

Kirkus Reviews
Calendar-like endpapers reveal the ways adults daily say "no" to children, with square after square proclaiming such observances as "When Pigs Fly Day." Rosenthal provides an antidote to these no's by instituting an annual "Yes Day," during which all of a child's requests are met with adult approval. The child experiencing Yes Day never requests anything truly outlandish or unsafe, making the concept workable, if still a bit daunting to adult readers; Rosenthal's dedication reveals that Yes Day is a tradition her father celebrates with his grandchildren (which perhaps seems more believable than the parents in the book). The book's satisfying pacing places questions on recto pages, with pictorial responses depicted at the turn of the page. "Can I clean my room tomorrow?", for example, is followed on the next page-opening by a picture of a messy child's bedroom ("Later, mess"). Lichtenheld's cartoon-style illustrations capture the boy's delight in each scenario and also provide narrative content when pictures, rather than words, fill in the details of a request's outcome. Funny and on-target. (Picture book. 3-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061965272
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/01/2011
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
894,156
File size:
9 MB
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a New York Times bestselling author of books for children and grown-ups. Her children's books include Plant a Kiss (illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds); Little Pea and This Plus That (Jen Corace); Cookies: Bit-Size Life Lessons (Jane Dyer); Duck! Rabbit!, The OK Book, Yes Day!, and Exclamation Mark (Tom Lichtenheld); Spoon and Chopsticks (Scott Magoon); The Wonder Book (Paul Schmid); Uni the Unicorn (Brigette Barrager); and Awake Beautiful Child (Gracia Lam). Her work for grown-ups includes the memoir Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life and the film project The Beckoning of Lovely. Amy lives online at www.whoisamy.com and for real in Chicago.


Tom Lichtenheld is the author and illustrator of What Are You So Grumpy About?, What's with This Room?, and Everything I Know About Pirates and the illustrator of his first two collaborations with Amy Krouse Rosenthal, The OK Book and It's Not Fair! He lives in Geneva, Illinois.

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