Yo! Yes? (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)


Two lonely characters, one black and one white, meet on the street and become friends.

Two lonely characters, one black and one white, meet on the street and become friends.

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Two lonely characters, one black and one white, meet on the street and become friends.

Two lonely characters, one black and one white, meet on the street and become friends.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Raschka's innovative picture book aims to explore the nature of friendship in only 34 words. It's a risk, but as a writer and artist Raschka is no stranger to risk-taking--his debut ( Charlie Parker Played Be Bop ) was a sly, joyous exercise in avant-garde that stretched the definition of picture book. And here, he does the same. After the briefest of exchanges, two boys--one black, one white, one shy, one outgoing, one nerdy, one street-smart--decide to take a chance on friendship. Like a two-character play with no scenery and minimal dialogue, the story relies on the expressiveness of the ``actors'' and the raw energy of the artwork to hook the reader. Raschka's watercolor and charcoal pencil illustrations certainly do the trick--they're brash, witty and offbeat, and easily portray a vigorous range of emotion. At least in the small realm of this cheeky picture book, less is definitely more. Ages 3-6. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-- An effective, unusual 34-word story of the beginnings of a friendship, accompanied by wild and wonderful illustrations. Against pastel backgrounds, in vibrant, colorful images, an African-American boy and a white boy meet on the street. ``What's up?'' ``Not much.'' ``Why?'' ``No fun.'' ``Oh?'' ``No friends.'' These one- and two-word exchanges on each spread lead to a tentative offer of friendship, sealed as both boys jump high in the air and yell ``Yow!'' The succinct, rhythmic text and the strong cartoonlike watercolor-and-charcoal illustrations are perfect complements. The feelings of each child run the gamut from loneliness, curiosity, fear of rejection, and hopefulness to, finally, joy; the illustrations do a particularly fine job of limning each boy's emotions in very simple images on the oversized pages. With a beautifully balanced, economical style, the book illumines the peaks and pitfalls of getting acquainted, and puts in a good word for brotherhood as well. Amusing for story times, or for use in discussions of feelings, it is fun to read and look at, and appealing to the eye, ear, and heart. ``Yow!''-- Judy Constantinides, East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library , LA
Ilene Cooper
Using a minimum of text (less than 30 words), Raschka manages to convey myriad emotions during a meeting that ends in friendship. "Yo!" says the black kid, wearing a T-shirt, shorts, and gymshoes with untied laces. "Yes?" replies the shy white kid, shrugging into his cardigan sweater. "What's up?" "Not much." And so goes the dialogue, back and forth, until the cure for boredom becomes clear: "Me!" "You?" "Yes, me!" The text has a staccato cadence similar to that used in Raschka's first picture book, "Charlie Parker Played BeBop" , and a comparable freshness as well. The pictures feature just the boys set against lightly washed pages, their body language speaking volumes, a great counterpoint to the brevity of their conversation. And speaking of conversation, this could start plenty in a classroom; the book's a natural jumping-off place for discussions of friendship, race relations, and even language.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781417759385
  • Publisher: Demco Media
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 654,790
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    Yo! Yes! to Yo! Yes?

    Fans of Newberry winner Chris Raschka will not be surprised that with a minimum of words and a maximum of imaginative and colorful sketchings, he has managed to draw both children and adults into the exciting yet daunting universal experience of making friends. The book, now available in paperback, invites the reader/hearer/viewer into the tentative and reciprocal dance of moving from being wary strangers to the newest of buddies with as few words but as much body language as possible. The multi-cultural cast of just two characters serves as a bridge that connects all of us in the human quest for companionship without a hint of adult moralizing or sentimentalizing. Yo! Yes!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2003

    A Crowd Pleaser

    My three and four years olds absolutely adore this book! It is an all time favorite at our day care!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2002

    A great tool for teachers

    This is a great tool for teaching end punctuation to primary students. But, it is also versitile! It can be used to teach interogative, declarative, and exclamatory sentences.

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