Yo, Jo!

Yo, Jo!

by Rachel Isadora

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How do you say hello in your neighboorhood?


How do you say hello in your neighboorhood?

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

PreS - Gr 2 - In this bright and appealing picture book, Isadora successfully uses colorful collage images to introduce an urban African-American neighborhood. Two brothers wait outside their building for their grandfather to come home for dinner. The younger boy, Jomar, wanders down the street where his friends greet him in hip-hop-style slang. Isadora depicts an active neighborhood in which kids are rollerblading, jamming to music, or just hanging out to show off their clothes and cool sneakers ("Check out the treads!"). The greetings are short, colloquial, inner-city phrases that include, "Yo, bro!," "S'up, Jomar!," "Hit me with it," "Gotta bounce," and "Yo! Chillin'!" When Grandpa comes home, he questions Jomar's use of slang and gets a proper, "I love you, Grandpa" in response. The man approves, but winks, turns to the older brother and asks, "Yo Franklin, you chillin' with us?" before they go in to dinner. The illustrations depict the reality of inner-city life including graffiti, loud music, litter, and garbage cans, but the friendly greetings and bright colors moderate the scene and create a warm, family-oriented environment. Isadora welcomes readers into Jomar's world and communicates his simple joy and acceptance in a way that is contagious. Children will respond positively to the lively depiction and warmth of his community.-Carole Phillips, Greenacres Elementary School, Scarsdale, NY

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Kirkus Reviews
While big brother Franklin waits on the stoop for Grandpa to arrive home for dinner, Jomar engages every passer-by in an exuberant exchange of urban slang. "Off the heazy!" "Get jiggy with it!" "Check out the B-boy!" While the lingo may be as foreign to some readers as it is to Grandpa, the infectious good humor of Jo and his multicultural friends in the 'hood comes across effortlessly. Isadora's evocation of the child in the modern urban landscape reaches back to Ezra Jack Keats, from Jo's snub-nosed brown profile to the graffiti on the walls (though Jo's dreadlocks are a distinctly modern touch). Newsprint and other printed papers share the bright collages with streaky oils, the visual cacophony of line and pattern lending the cityscape enormous energy and appeal. These scenes are set against generous white space, the genial dialogue rendered, appropriately enough, in a many-colored HipHop typeface. The depiction of a little boy so thoroughly at home in his community is a delight to see in these suspicious days of stranger danger: Jo is indeed Peter's direct-and very welcome-descendant. (Picture book. 2-6)

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

RACHEL ISADORA is the creator of more than fifty books for children. She lives in New York City.

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