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Yo! Yes? (Yo!)

3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,993 Ratings  ·  332 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 liked it  ·  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.
Olivia Pitchford
Sep 19, 2012 Olivia Pitchford rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book
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
Woody Calhoon
Mar 30, 2014 Woody Calhoon rated it it was ok
Shelves: march
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
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.
Jen Wehage-Barrera
Feb 15, 2016 Jen Wehage-Barrera rated it it was amazing
Two boys of different races have a short question and answer conversation throughout the book. The words alone may confuse the reader, but when read with emphasis on punctuation and paired with the illustrations a deeper understanding occurs. Although their interaction is only one or two words at a time, the pictures show how their friendship develops. Companionship and loneliness are very relatable topics for people of all ages. The pictures are bright, colorful, and inviting leading to Yo! Yes ...more
Mari Miyagi
Oct 01, 2015 Mari Miyagi rated it liked it
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
Jul 07, 2015 Megan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kidbooks
Everything this man does is delightful, but this is my favorite.
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.
Feb 26, 2016 SaraLaLa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
If you like things to be overly concise, this is the book for you. With typically one (at most two) word(s) on a page, the author Chris Raschka tells about one boy who initially has no friends and then gets befriended by a second boy. Umm... the end.
Haley Dressler
Apr 07, 2016 Haley Dressler rated it really liked it
I read this book today with my first graders. Very cute book about friendship! I'm not typically a fan of books with such limited words.
Morgan Logan
Apr 25, 2016 Morgan Logan rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This story is about two young boys who are beginning a friendship and have an conversation in an interesting way. This book has a bare about of words, but the illustrations help tell the story. The boys express themselves differently and are from complete different cultures. By the end of the book, the boys become friends despite their differences. Culture plays a major role in this book, one of the boys in African American and the other is Caucasian. It is interesting how the illustrator portra ...more
Laura Hayden
Yo Yes
By: Chris Raschka
Yo Yes is a Caldecott honor book. It is a great picture book to introduce to young children to put themselves out there a little bit to make friends no matter of the differences they see or hear. It has two boys one that is black and one that is not and the differences not only go for their outward appearances but that of their speech or slang. At the end of the book they have become friends, and on the back cover one of the little boys is doing hand stands/cartwheels.
Dana Keiper
Apr 17, 2016 Dana Keiper rated it it was ok
Chris Raschka's Yo! Yes? is about two boys, one black and one white, who meet and become friends.

There's not much dialogue in this story, just a word or two on each page, but it gets the point across well enough. If I had to guess, this story was probably written for very young readers.
I'm curious to know if little kids are able to understand that this story is about friendship between two kids of different race or that they'll just view it as friendship in general. Not all kids notice this di
Tamara Pope
Jan 25, 2016 Tamara Pope rated it really liked it
The book Yo! Yes? was written by Chris Raschka. The one thing that I find interesting about this book was that it only had two characters. One of the characters was black and the other was white. The story took place outside on the street somewhere. The words to the story were very short and its interesting how the author expressed these words in the story. He used the same words repeatedly. The words had different ways of expression each time. Sometimes it was about thinking, then it was a ques ...more
Karissa Olson
Dec 08, 2015 Karissa Olson rated it really liked it
In this story there is very minimal text as well as very simple illustrations. There is no more than two words on each page, however the illustrations help tell the story. The story is about two boys, who come from different cultures. One of the boys, who appears to be more outgoing than the other, reaches out to the quieter boy. Even with the limited text you the reader can see a friendship get created. When looking at the text the font size is a representation on how the boys are speaking. Whe ...more
Kathryn Anne
Yo! Yes? by Chris Raschka is about two young boys who communicate with different words and expressions but manage to get the important ideas across to each other and eventually become friends despite their differences. I really enjoyed this book because it expresses a complex idea in only a few words that children can understand. The main characters’ culture/first language are used in the text by the way that they have been taught to address a stranger. One of the characters uses a more direct a ...more
Cynnea Schreibman
Apr 23, 2015 Cynnea Schreibman rated it really liked it
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
Feb 23, 2015 Sandra Balderas rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 02, 2014 Kaitlin rated it liked it
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
Oct 28, 2014 Brenna rated it liked it
Shelves: kid-s-lit
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
Feb 16, 2014 Morgan Carter rated it really liked it
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
Sep 09, 2015 Alexis Stafford rated it really liked it
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
Dec 04, 2014 Bianca Arias rated it really liked it
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
Apr 06, 2014 Emily Scott rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 28, 2015 Emily Johnson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: culture-lesson
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
Oct 23, 2014 Kate Ballan rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-reviews
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
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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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