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Yo! Yes? (Yo!)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  2,649 ratings  ·  230 reviews
Two strangers on a street meet. One boy starts with Yo!
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 1st 1993 by Scholastic
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Woody Calhoon
Yo! Yes? Is not a bad book on its own, but for me, personally, I just really didn't get it. I understand that it is supposed to be a story about two kids from different backgrounds becoming friends, but the book made it really just feel like two people saying the word "hello" over and over again in a variety of different ways. The art helps tell the story a little bit, but I feel like its not done well enough to support the whole story. The story is supposed to show kids that being friends with...more
Dolly
Jan 30, 2010 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: beginning readers and parents reading with their children
Simple one or two-word sentences and lots of punctuation tell a tale of loneliness and friendship. Very basic, short and good for beginning readers. Our girls liked this story and could read it by themselves.
Olivia Pitchford
This story uses barely any text to describe a beautiful message. "Yo! Yes?" is very simple book about a two boys conversation between each other. One boy simply wanted to offer friendship to the other boy. This book is a 1994 Caldecot Honor Book, and I'm pretty sure that is because the message of the book is reaching out to people who don't necessarily look like you and offering to be friends anyway. Throughout the entirety of the book the two unnamed characters remained on opposite sides of the...more
Jon
Eric Carle is a crypto-fascist, brainwashing our children. How do I know this? Read the books; I'm not going to hold your hand while you learn what you must to survive the coming government crackdown. Suffice it to say I am in possession of certain knowledge that only a favored few are privileged to know. Look to The Hungry Caterpillar, The Very Lonely Firefly, and especially Pancakes, Pancakes, and you will behold the secret history of the 20th century, written in code. Who is behind the social...more
Morgan Carter
Yo! Yes?, by Chris Raschka is a very simple book about a conversation between two boys that only has a few words on each page. The book has a total of 34 words and portrays a great message to all readers. The boys are obviously very different. One is white and the other is black. The African American boy notices that the white boy is very lonely and offers his hand in friendship. Although the book is almost wordless, it shows how diversity can play into role in our society by having the boys bec...more
Emily Scott
This book is about two boys who are of different races. One of the boys seems very sad with his life and thinks he has no friends while the other is very ecstatic and super happy about life. The book is only 34 words long and is basically about the beginnings of a friendship, accompanied by wild and wonderful illustrations. The illustrations have colorful images with pastel backgrounds. The boys meet on the street and have one- and two-word exchanges on each spread lead to a tentative offer of f...more
Edward Lee
This is a 23 word story picture book, that well displays a friendship between two seemingly very different people. Two kids, one very energetic and friendly, the other shy, alone, with no friends. The friendly kid then starts asking if he would like to be his friend. After being confused at first, the shy boy then agree's, and they become friends! This is well, to put it bluntly a very simple book that can be understood at almost any grade level. There is always at least one of those "shy" kids...more
Robert Moushon
Raschka, C. (1993). Yo! Yes? New York : Orchard Books.

Characters: Two ethnically diverse young boys, one black, one white. One boy is in casual clothes and high-top sneakers, while a shy boy is in high-waisted pants and awkward sandals.

Setting: A simple setting, outside on the street during the day.

Themes: Communications; friendship; inclusion.

Genre: CSULB Class 1 Classics, Picture Book, Award Winner, Children’s, Minimalism, Realistic Fiction

Summary: Two boys of different ethnic backgrounds meet...more
Amber
The title of this book automatically drew me in. I assumed it would be a conversation between people but I didn’t know how exactly this conversation would end or even who the characters might be. The book in itself was very humorous because the whole time the two boys in the book didn’t say more than a couple of words to each other each page. It’s a very simple book for younger children but it has a much deeper concept. This gives children a mini lesson in friendship and how to be a nice person....more
Taylor Railey
Yo! Yes? by Raschka portrays a great message. This book is about two boys who a different, one is black and one is white. They meet and become friends. It is a very simple and short book that consists of only one word per page. The pictures were simple too. The pages only had the two little boys on them but their expressions on their face really went well with the story. This book could have gone without words because the illustrations tell the story line very well.
This book would be great to u...more
Connie
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.
Lana Clifton
Two boys find friendship, despite their
differences. This book emphasizes diversity, while punctuating inclusion. Pay special attention to reading with expression during read aloud. Students need to hear the difference between words being spoken as questions or exclamations.
Anne-thomas Donnelly
Yo! Yes? by Chris Raschka is a easy to read story about the beginning of a new friendship. It is a simple book, with only a few words on each page that shows two boys getting to know each other and starting a friendship. This is a cute book but it doesn't have much to it besides the wonderfully colorful drawings. Chris Raschka also illustrated this book and it received the Caldecott Honor. The pictures of the boys take over the pages, there is not a page that isn't in color from top to bottom! I...more
Camille Ryckman
Brief summary The story of two unlikely kids becoming friends.
Annotation This book is told with a minimum of text, the frugal use of words along with descriptive facial expressions help this story move along in a powerful way that expresses how to start a friendship.
Age appropriateness 2-6 years
This is a good use of phonological awareness, because single sounds are used so they become easier to distinguish.
Opinion I really like this book. The illustrations are eceslent and through the use of mi...more
Hoang Shin
I love the simplicity of this book! The two characters only exchange one word at a time, but you can infer so much about what is happening between the two, thanks to the clever illustrations that capture their emotions.I could definitely use this book to teach a lesson on the power of illustration, since the author depended mostly on the illustrations to tell the story. I could also make the reading a little more interactive by asking the students to give their opinions on how the characters mig...more
Tatiana
The sparsest books can led themselves to unlimited focus skills. Yo! Yes? by Chris Raschka is one of those books. It consists of two boys having a very limited conversation of only one to three words at a time. The illustrations are big and jump off the page, and the message of communicating is sweet.

My cooperating teacher used this book to reinforce punctuation, specifically the period, exclamation point, and question mark, as those are the ones used in the text. She read the story once; on the...more
Fjóla
Minimalistic, but very cute! Two little boys strike a conversation through a handful of words. They're clearly not on the same page, when the story takes off, but their desire for a friend brings them together. So much is said in such few words. It's impressive. On the first reading my 3 1/2 year old was a little confused about what was going on (it's really an unconventional book, too), but the second time it really clicked for him. He even read it himself, with the correct intonations. I hadn'...more
Melissa
After hearing good things about his work and enjoying A Ball for Daisy, I decided to check out another one of Caldecott Award winning author/illustrator Chris Raschka’s books. I did not know what to expect from Yo! Yes?, but reading the title definitely sparked my interest because I had no idea what it could possibly be about. It took a few pages for me to understand where this story of few words was going to be about, but once I caught on I really enjoyed the concept. This is a short but sweet...more
Amy
This is a simple and short yet very poignant book about how easy it is to make a friend. Each page contains only one or two words. The entire book has only 34 words. Yet the touching story of how an African-American boy and a White boy meet on the street and go from “YO” to “YES!” is very touching. The pictures truly are worth a thousand words in this story. I think the author’s concise use of limited words helps the pictures do the talking. As the African American boy finds out that the White b...more
Stephanie Koerner
Grade/interest level: 2nd grade
Fountas and Pinnell: C
Genre: Realistic Fiction

Main characters: Two boys (one black, one white)
Setting: outside in the neighborhood
POV: dialogue between the boys

Summary:
In this 34-word story, two boys are learning how to become acquainted. The boys use one and two word sentences to communicate with each other relying primarily on body language and voice inflection to convey emotions. The boys start out distant. It is clear they are unfamiliar with one another. They...more
Holly Smith
The story I picked to read aloud to my group was Yo! Yes? by Chris Raschka. This book has no more than two words on each page, but with those words it shows us that no matter if someone is different then you they can still be a friend. The illustrations in this book almost look like a cartoon and that they were made by water color. Although they are a bit cartoonish the express in the children's faces comes across well with the words corresponding to teach page.

The reason I chose this book to r...more
Grace Willits
"Yo! Yes?" is about two boys who become friends. Each page is one of the boys responding to the other; the left for the first boy and the right side for the secondboy. The first boy is wondering, “what’s up?” to the second boy who tells him that he has no friends, which means no fun. The first boy then invites the second boy to be his friend, they are both very excited exclaiming “yow!” on the last page. The lesson learned is how simple making friends can be if everyone is open to doing so, and...more
Callie
Grade/interest level: Primary (K-2)
Reading level: Fountas-Pinnell C/Grade level equivalent 1.2
Genre: Realistic fiction, picture book

Main Characters: Two young boys (one African American, one white)
Setting: Outside around their neighborhood
POV: Dialogue

Summary:
This story of two young boys who befriend each other is made up of only 34 words. The boys, one of whom is African American and the other white, start out as strangers and end the story as friends. This process takes place using short one t...more
Azriana Johnson
Yo Yes tells the story of two boys, one African American and one White, who become friends on the street. Using very little words, this book is mainly told through pictures varying from the font of the words on the page to how the boys stand on each page. As a teacher, I would use this book to teach punctuation and to decide voice inflection while reading. For example, to get someones attention on the street someone would say "Yo!" and their reply would be a question, such as "Yes?" The author/...more
Rachel Stolzman
I loved this book, mainly because the illustrations went along with the story perfectly. I thought this book was great, because even though each page had one or just a few words it said so much. It was a story about two boys who became friends, but was told mainly through body language and facial expressions. It was a great way for children to see how much body language and facial expressions matter when talking to someone.
Michelle Lasser
Yo…No… That's all I have to say about this book. The author expressed a very short story with an even shorter amount of words and it just wasn't successful…I understood what the point of the story was. The black kid and the white kid decided to be friends because the white kid didn't have any. Was it supposed to matter that one was white and one was black? The whole "Yo" thing...Just unnecessary.
Medina Sabovic
This story starts off with two boys meeting. They are both from different race's. One of the boys start out by saying "Yo" to the other boy and he sees that he is sad. They both become friends in the book and are excited that they both met someone new and became friends. This book is a multicultural book that shows that people from different race's can be friends. This book is good for children for them to be able to learn at an early age everyone can be your friend.
Adrienne Kravchak
Summary: This story captures the dialogue of two boys, one outgoing and the other being a little shy. In the end, both boys leap for joy after making friends.
Personal Reaction: This book has a wonderfully simple way of saying a lot. There are few words but the meaning is clear. I enjoyed the way that it shows students that how you say a word can change its meaning. Students will make a personal connection with the boys in the story and probably chuckle as their teacher reads this aloud.
Visual A...more
Kaylin Marton
This book is about the concept of friends and seeing past differences such as race to make friends. The illustrations were done in watercolor and charcoal pencil and the illustrator used full bleed to convey a strong message. I thought it was bery interesting that the shadows for both boys were always the same color, showing we all have something in common.
Lindsay
Chris Raschka is certainly a man of few words. However, the few he does use in this story seem to get his ideas across just fine. The child-like and overly contrasted illustrations were easy to understand and forced the reader to recognize the obvious difference in the characters' skin color. I love how the text was big when the character was excited and small when the character was sad, confused or uncertain. Raschka was able to use bold print and explicit punctuation to express character emoti...more
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"I always try to treat the book itself as the artwork," Chris Raschka says. "I don't want you to stop while you're reading one of my books and say, 'Oh! What a gorgeous illustration!' I want you to stop at the end of the book and say, 'This is a good book.' "

Chris Raschka is one of those people who knew from an early age what he wanted to be when he grew up. "It was never a question in my mind,"...more
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