Yo! Yes?

Yo! Yes?

by Chris Raschka


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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. [Their] 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!" 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." --School Library Journal, starred review

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780439921855
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 01/01/2007
Series: Scholastic Bookshelf Series
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 78,630
Product dimensions: 7.60(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

Chris Raschka is the Caldecott Award-winning illustrator of A Ball for Daisy and The Hello, Goodbye Window. He is also the illustrator of Yo! Yes? (which won a Caldecott Honor), Sourpuss and Sweetie Pie, Charlie Parker Played Be Bop, and Farmy Farm. He lives with his wife and son in New York City.

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Yo! Yes? 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
artlibby on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Two boys walking down a street unexpectedly become friends. One character is outgoing, the other shy. The simple and repeating layout compliment the short catchy one and two word back and forth chatter between the young boys. The youth slang will bring smiles to kids faces, and the theme of friendship will resonate with kids as they are working to develop their social self. Children will identify with both characters, and will love to have the book read aloud. A must for elementary school libraries.
DayehSensei on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This adorable book deals with acceptance, cross cultural/racial understanding, and the importance of punctuation and inflection in a very simple, child-friendly way. My second and third grade students love to take turns reading this to each other. One of my all-time favorites!
Sassy_Seshat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A terse strange story about boys who meet and become friends.
cmcvittie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Simple, simple, simple, but so incredibly powerful. As a little Caucasion boy walks by, a little African American boy calls out, "Yo!". The other child responds, "Yes?" and so begins a conversation where the longest utterance is two words long. By using question and response, the African American boy discovers that the other boy has "no friends" and generously offers his. When the other boy accepts with a resounding "Yes!", the two new friends walk off together and jump up hollering, "Yow!" Evocative and appealing, this book demonstrates how simple it is to become friends when you're a child - a lesson for all of us!
alyssabuzbee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book shows the beginning of a friendship between two boys of different backgrounds.
cmiersma on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: Yo! Yes! has only a few words per page, at the most four. It is about an African American boy finds out that another boy has no friends. By the end of the story, the African American asks to be his friend. Critique: This realistic fiction shows a true interaction and emotions between two young boys. Most of the words are slang, but the point is still obvious to most readers. With ELL children it might be more difficult to understand the context of this story. Because this book doesn¿t have a lot of dialogue, there isn¿t a real definite plot to this story. Teacher Use: A teacher could use this book for pure enjoyment. It might be a fun book to read in order to discuss different slang words and how it is important to also communicate clearly with people. Media: Water color
kloupe1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This simple book about such an unlikely friendship tells such a giant message in only 2 words. This is a must read to younger children to show them that friendship can be as simple as "Yo" & "yes."
Calamia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A simple book about two young boys that have different racial backgrounds and become friends. This book can be used for younger children because it uses simple language. It also shows how two people may look different, but are the same on the inside.
sarahbatte on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really like this author and his honesty in his books. After the initial shock of his content, I started to enjoy his stories. Thsi book is about to boys who becom friends. This is a very simple worded book, but has great meaning.
claire.cavell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A story full of statements and making friends.
ktinney2315937 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
To sum it up this book shows how friendships begin.
PaigeCostella on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A book about two boys who become friends by simple conversation. Just because they are from different backgrounds does not mean that they can not be friends. This is great to read about how a few simple words can change a persons day. We all need friends and to be friend we don't judge by appearance.
Jill.Barrington on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Two boys communicate and become friends with few words.The book would be great for a discussion about various types of communication.
paulaanweiler on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A boy thinks he does not have any friends, until another boy decides to reach out in a simple way.
fvalle89 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Yo! Yes? Is a powerful book about how words, even small words have such power in them. Also a good book for English Language Learners as it doesn't have many words but a lot of meaning.
TheMightyQuinn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Two very different boys meet and become friends. This book contains very bold pictures, only the two boys are drawn and the background is a bright yellow. The boys are well characterized by their different physical positions, clearly depicting a shy kid and an outgoing kid. Words are all short and similar sounding so this book could possibly be a 'read together' book. Plus it has a great little message about making friends. Good for placement in any picture book collection for kids.
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a very simple book for an early reader, with no page having more than two words (all dialog) on it.The story is really told in the illustrations. You can see so much from how the boys stand, how small or big their words are. Very sweet story... and at a level a five year old can easily read.
natasha.bevis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is book is very simple when looking at just the text. There is only one word per page. Yet the whole book contains a full range of emotions and conversations that often take place through just body language. It is a realistic fiction book because it is about two boys becoming friends. This is story that happens every day with children, and is something that all of us as human beings have experienced Level: PrimaryStars:Style
Orpgirl1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Yo! Yes? tells ths story of two young boys becoming friends in only 34 words. However, these words are filled with such meaning and empathy, and the drawings of these two characters lend so much emotion and realness to these boys that the reader is rooting for these two to beome friends in an almost visceral way. Each boy usually says only one word, but these words caused me to flip the page expectantly each time, always wondering what was going to happen next. Raschka's pen and ink drawings of a multi-cultural friendship could easily have been flat and pedantic, but instead almost leap from the page in their emotive force. Even the body language of the boys can be easily discerned by the reader, and I'd love to see what additional thoughts children ascribe to these characters when reading.
bscano on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Use this in a language lesson. Print out only the words for the students and have them use the words as a script to act out a short scene using their own interpretation of the script. Excellent lesson!
LisaMcG on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
4PThis book explains Radical Change theory in a couple of ways. It exemplifies the Interactivity principle in that the text helps add meaning to the story. For instance, the size of font when the white boy says "no friends" gives a sense of his feeling sad and small. The book also illustrates the Connectivity principle in that Raschka is demonstrating the creation of community and social worlds between two unfamiliar individuals.
klsulliv on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Friendship is an essential thing to have. People need friends to talk with, share memories with, laugh with, and cry with. Friends are what people need because sometimes they "get" or understand someone else when no one else does. Friends do not let silly things like race and gender get in the way because everyone is human. "Yo, Yes" is a book that helps portray this message. Children do not see color, culture, or gender as a defining thing until they are taught to do so. The message that is most important in this book is that making friends can be easy, and while someone is making friends, multicultural backgrounds or race does not matter. Both boys, in this story, have two totally different personalities (most people do by the way.) One of the boys appear to be Black, and the other appears to be White. They both speak differently and have different body language, but they both want to be friends. So, the message that is loud and clear towards the end is that nothing else matters, the two boys can still be friends. This book has an important message because everyone needs to understand that everyone is different even if they are from the same culture, race, or gender, and that people should not let things like that define others; everyone can have friends that are different. Children can do it, why can't everyone else?
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Johnrollefson More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago