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Yo! Yes? (Yo!)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  3,601 ratings  ·  300 reviews
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 y ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Scholastic Inc. (first published March 1st 1993)
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Jan 30, 2010 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Mari Miyagi
This might be my favorite book this week. This book shows a black boy and a white boy having a conversation in just a few words like "Yes" "You?" "No friends." etc and it shows that their differences are overcome with those simple words. If there are newcomers who are new to the country in your classroom and they speak little English like simple words like this white boy, still those words have so many meanings behind them that are enough to convey their messages. This book might help other stud ...more
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
Shelby Zimmerman
Yo! Yes? By Chris Raschka is a fun book about an African-American boy and a white boy meeting and their exchange by a couple words. The illustrations are very bright and colorful and show the development of their friendship. The stance of the boys is very repetitive but it shows a development of characters. They start on different ends of the page and end up next to each other by the end of the book.
Kelsey Ruggirello
This is a cute book about how a boy feels like he has no friends but then another boy tells him he is his friend. Would be good for a kindergarten or 1st grade class.
Everything this man does is delightful, but this is my favorite.
Cynnea Schreibman
This is a story about friendship with vibrant colors being used. In this book, an African American boy and a Caucasian boy meet and only exchange two words back and forth, which are yo, and yes. The two boys meet in harmony and yell Yow at the end, which is a mixture of both words. The attitudes of the characters toward language and culture play a role in their lives because they each have their own words on how they communicate to each other. Also, when they started to get to know each other mo ...more
Sandra Balderas
The book involves two little boys conversing with each other and asking each other questions. The author uses great illustrations with great use of colors. Every page has a maximum of two words which makes it a very easy to read book for young children. At the beginning, one of the boys begins to talk to the other trying to make conversation. They begin to ask one another questions and get to a point where one of them mentions he has no friends. With this the other little boy realizes that he as ...more
This is about as simple of a book as you can find. It is a super quick read with a powerful message that everyone can identify with. These two boys are talking to each other with their own way of speaking because of their different backgrounds of how they grew up. One is an African American boy and the other seems to be a Caucasian boy. The character speaking knows what he is saying, but it takes the other character some time to comprehend the meaning behind the words. Eventually, they both come ...more
Few books can fully convey their story in a few pages – even fewer can do it in 34-words! Yo! Yes? starts when two unassuming strangers meet and one begins with an quick “yo” only to replied with “yes?” from the other boy. The quick exchange of words speeds up as we realize these two boys are on the fast-track to becoming friends.

I really liked how, as the book progresses, the two boy’s characters become clearer: one boy is shy, while the other is outgoing. Even though the story is short we get
Oct 24, 2014 Macy added it
"Yo!Yes?" is a book with minimal dialogue, but a big message. It is the story of two boys of different ethnicity that are engaging in a casual first conversation with each other. While there is some confusion and obvious differences between the two, in the end the boys seem to connect.

As I mentioned before, this story contains a message that concerns a common issue that still exists. This issue would be that of racial issues. It is clear that the boys are not familiar with how one another addre
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
Alexis Stafford
Written by Chris Raschka the story of Yo! Yes! is to some simple but when analyzed sends such an important message. With very little words in this book, all you are reading is two boys saying one to two words back and forth to each other for approximately 30 pages. The two boys this story focuses on are of different skin colors, one has no friends and the other is looking to cheer this boy up and make him feel as if he is not alone. While one of the boys is astonished that someone of a differen ...more
Sierra Watts
This is an easy read, It shows how two strangers can become friends using a short conversation.
Bianca Arias
This is an extremely short read. The story is about two strangers from different ethnic backgrounds. One African-American teenager and one American teenager who meet in the street. Through a very intense and short dialogue the two have a conversation. Do they become enemy's or friends?

The abstract colors and visuals depict the confusion between the two and concentrates most on their body language. Each page goes chronologically of what the conversation is spoken of and does not use all the space
Marinna Bressel
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.
This is not a bad book on its own, but for me, personally, I just really didn't get it. I understand that it is suppos
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
Emily Johnson
Yo! Yes! is a book that highlights the need for friendship and the ability to break through cultural differences. Two young boys, obviously from different backgrounds, become friends through only exchanging a few words. The story is relayed more so through the characters expressions and body language than the words themselves. To integrate this book into my curriculum I would first show only the pictures without reading the story and then ask students to write what they think was happening betwe ...more
This story is about a boy who is feeling down and lonely. When another boy approaches him, he says he has no friends. The stranger immediately reaches out to him and asks to be his friend. The lonely boy at first was hesitant but when he saw how friendly the other stranger was being, he thought he'd give it a chance and they become friends.
This is definitely a unique story. It hardly has any text; it is written in a few words of dialogue. The pictures add a lot to the story, making it easier to
Kate Ballan
Yo! Yes? is about the beginning of a friendship between an African American boy and a white boy. Their first meeting on the street starts awkward and sad. Between their one and two word consultation, they both realize they are lonely and in need of friends. By the end of the book they repeat their first words to each other but this time in happiness because they now have each other.

In Yo! Yes! Chris Raschka subtly addresses the racial problem in society in a kid friendly way. He shows that it i
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
Rachael Mack
Yo! Yes? is a story about two boys who come from different backgrounds who find friendship in one another. The boys are both lonely and through a couple of short exchanges they seal a friendship with excitement.
Personally, I was not a fan of Yo? Yes? I thought that it lacked plot. The story was supposed to bring up the issue of racism and it does not make the message entirely clear. I particularly think that children will not understand the message. The only clues towards the issue of racism
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
Two boys navigate those first moments of a possible friendship: the "want to be my friend?" that's so hard to express. Raschka's illustrations capture the tension of the moment: one boy so outgoing and ready to take a risk, the other's body language showing his fear and self-doubt. This would make a good story for the beginning of the year in our school where one-third of our students are new each year.
Yo! Yes? is a very thought provoking story. I really loved the simplicity of the text and how the illustrations were simple yet said a lot. I know there are a lot of different views on this book, but I was thinking its about two kids from different backgrounds. It seems they both grew up in different areas/ways due to the way they choose to speak. There is definitely a deeper meaning behind this book than what meets the eye. In the story one of the boys seems to be very open to meeting new peopl ...more
Brandy Reed
In elementary school I had a best friend and we did everything together. I was with her all the time and she knew all of my secrets. Although we were as close as could be sometimes when we were around other people we would get weird looks. My friend and I are different races and even as short as a decade ago racism was still an issue. People didn’t understand why we would be hanging out together all the time. But that nonsense did not matter at all to me and my friend. In the children’s book “Yo ...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.
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Maia Garcia
"Yo! Yes?," by Chris Raschka is a story about two racially diverse boys who have a minimal conversation, leading to a positive outcome. Where this book is characteristically in the style of Raschka to be limited on words, it has a powerful message of equality between races and being accepting of everyone. The illustrations don't emphasize their different races, which is a detail that emphasizes his message even further, meaning that it doesn't matter what race you are, everyone can come together ...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,"
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