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Yay, You!: Moving Up and Moving On

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  432 Ratings  ·  64 Reviews
Moving Out, Moving Up, Moving On
For new graduates, or for anyone facing imminent change, here is profound insight, bold inspiration, and truly ensloxifying advice. Also an occasional hippo. No wombats.
What's more, Yay,You! will not overstress the weary mind. It's nice and short, with lots of pictures, no chapters, no index, no graphs, no study questions, and not a sing
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 1st 2001 by Little Simon
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Jun 16, 2016 Jeanne rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-kids-read
Perfect Story Time read for my kids. They love the rhythm of the text, and of course Boynton's art is comfortingly familiar as well.

I will note that this is a great gift for adults too. I plan to give copies to a cousin who is graduating high school. The story is about the daunting uncertainty of the changes that come after completing a milestone. The message is that no matter the choices you make or what you do you're enough, you're successful and great. It's a wonderful and cute way to remind
Aug 10, 2014 Rachel rated it really liked it
Mom and dad gave me this for high school graduation- just recently rediscovered it. It's adorable and for what looks like a children's book, surprisingly comforting. Also books that encourage you to do whatever the hell you want with your life and not to "consider what's best for stability in your future" are few and far between-- there should be more of them.
Jennifer Heise
Aug 31, 2015 Jennifer Heise rated it really liked it
Sandra Boyton here beats out Dr. Suess's Oh, The Places You'll Go! in a book about transitions. It's not as funny as, say, Hippos Go Beserk! but then not much is. On the other hand, the fact that we are used to Boynton greeting cards makes the humorous advice for your future ("There are so many choices. The world is immense. Take a good look around and decide what makes sense...") less grating than the high-school-graduation treatment of Seuss; and the frank acknowledgement of the possibility of ...more
Jessica Moden
Reading Level: PreK-3rd Grade
This book is adorable and can be beneficial for a wide variety of ages surprisingly. It is about graduating or finishing something major in your life and then choosing what to do next. It reinforces the idea that there are a lot of options a person has in life once they finish something significant in their life and that there is no right or wrong way to turn. Everyone will make different choices on what to do next due to their different perspectives, interests and
Marissa Lubinski
Mar 26, 2015 Marissa Lubinski rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-selection
I really like the book Yay You. I thought it had a really good message. It is a very good book for children to read after they accomplish something big. It’s very encouraging for children and talks about what will happen in life. It explains that all people are different. Some people like to go fast, while others like to go slow. Some people like to be busy, but some people don’t. It has a great message for children that whatever they decide to do in this big huge world they are still great. It ...more
Nov 24, 2009 Sarah rated it liked it
Sort of an updated "Oh the places you'll go." It is fun, and another option for the graduating senior who likes picture books. Maybe a good choice for someone graduating with an MLIS in YS, or an elementary school teacher.
Aug 14, 2014 Karen rated it it was ok
My five-year-old son picked this book out from the library this week. It was in with all the other picture books. Obviously, he was not the intended audience.

I'm rating this book low not because I hated it, but because I didn't see the point to it. The usual picture book audience is just starting out, so it would make no sense to them. I can't see a recent high school or college graduate getting excited about receiving a Sandra Boyton "moving on" book. Nothing against Sandra Boyton, but her boo
Dec 15, 2013 Shane rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
My copy had some additional words of wisdom which added to the value of this picture book on graduation day.
This was my graduation book :)
I think maybe this is one of those that isn't necessarily intended for the age group it was written for. This seems like one of those picture books you give someone when they've just graduated high school/college -- kind of like "Oh, the Places You'll Go" by Dr. Seuss. But it's not exactly a concept that most toddlers/preschoolers might get or even need to be worried about...
Laura Reading
Sep 25, 2015 Laura Reading rated it it was amazing
I admit to being one of her thirty-five plus million friends and fans who appreciate everything Sandra Boynton creates. The fact taht it even says Yay Keith on the first page is a fortunate accidental bonus!
The illustrations are amazing as always, the spirit that fills the words, enlightening.
A great pick me up book for any day, not just special occasions.
May 18, 2014 Susie rated it really liked it
My kids loved the Boynton books growing up, so it was fitting that we gave our daughter this for college graduation. Their favorites were Moo, Baa La La La and But Not the Hippopotamus, although we read many others. I was able to put in inscription in the book that my daughter had come full circle. I'm tired of the Seuss book, so I was happy to come across this.
Nicole Riley
Jan 20, 2014 Nicole Riley rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book. I actually received it in a care package I got from my parents right before I left for college. I finally took time to take it out and read it for this reading class I take at college. This book kind of reminded me of Dr. Seusses "Oh the places you'll go." The message I gathered from this book was that no matter what you do in life just be happy and enjoy the trip. It was a perfect going away book and it reminds me of my parents every time I read it. I would h ...more
Amanda Hartley
This book is a great motivational book for children dealing with change. It is a short read that doesn't take much effort to read, so it is great for a child who just needs a break.

There are so many choices. The world is immense. Take a good look around and decide what makes sense
The Brothers
Mar 07, 2016 The Brothers rated it liked it
Shelves: choices, plans
As I read this book, the thought kept running through my mind, "Oh The Places You'll Go" by Dr. Seuss is really so much better. Even so, it's a cute little book about encouraging the reader to go do great things.

Illustrations are silly-cute.
Apr 25, 2016 Kathleen rated it really liked it
I guess this is Sandra Boynton's answer to Oh, The Places You'll Go? It seems very much in the same "give this to graduates so they can relive their Seussian/Boyntonian childhood while still feeling like adults" vein. It's a short, quick, rhyming and illustrated book along the lines of Boynton's other books (including my forever favorite But Not the Hippopotamus). It's comforting and rather sweet, if not quite on the level of Oh, The Places You'll Go, but then, who can beat out Dr. Seuss? I read ...more
I wasn't familiar with this wonderful book by Sandra Boynton. It's a terrific book celebrating graduation and moving on to other adventures. Very empowering, and it would make a good gift.
Jul 02, 2016 Laura rated it really liked it
great graduation book from elementary school to middle school or from middle school to high school. Could be used from high school to college though it is very simple.
Alyssa Tallama
my mom got this for me when i graduated high school and started dorming at college because i used to LOVE sandra boynton's books as a kid. so adorable!!
Apr 29, 2014 Tortla rated it liked it
Shelves: animals, for-guidance
Simplistic, optimistic, and cutesy. Basically Oh The Places You'll Go with less fantastical illustrations. Same message, though.
Sep 24, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it
A fun book, but I'm guessing it's more for graduates than kids. Still, it's adorable, fun, and pretty inspiring.
Jul 06, 2015 Abbie rated it liked it
Shorter and I think more fun than "oh all the places you'll go"
Sep 19, 2014 Marden rated it it was amazing
One of the best children's book I've read. Cute. Sweet. True.
Jul 23, 2015 Lizzie rated it really liked it
Shelves: inspirational
A modern Oh the Places You'll Go. YAH BOOK.
Stacey Mulholland
Jan 17, 2016 Stacey Mulholland rated it it was ok
Just didn't like as many of her others
Lizzy Seitz
Dec 28, 2015 Lizzy Seitz rated it it was amazing
Very cute!!!!
Nov 05, 2014 Alice rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
4 and a half
Sep 23, 2009 Miranda rated it it was amazing
Boynton's rhymes are beautifully executed, and her wacky but profound illustrations convey everything that is in-between the lines. The animal characters adapt human qualities easily in these fun pictures as Boynton challenges readers to think about their accomplishments and how they will use them. The jacket commentary and end pages are just as entertaining as the actual story, but the entertainment value is balanced by a poignant ending. An excellent choice for young children or older people!
Shannon McGee
Dec 10, 2012 Shannon McGee rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
A books for graduates of all ages and any kind of graduation. It is cute and written by author Boynton who writes mostly for children. I am not sure the reason she wrote this but compared to the Dr. Seuss book “Oh The Places You Will Go”, “Yay, You” Loses steam at the end of the book. The art is cute and resembles most of Boynton’s books for children. I wish I could say more about it. Unfortunately I keep comparing it to Seuss. This was a nice try but I do not feel the enthusiasm.
I really enjoyed reading this picture book. Its message is uplifting and inspirational. You can read this to anyone moving on to another chapter in their life or who is reaching a big milestone. The book is about moving on to bigger and better things in life and all the possibilities at your feet. The ending shares that you are wonderful just the way you are and that even though life is changing all around you, you are still perfect no matter what.
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Sandra Keith Boynton is a popular American humorist, songwriter, children's author and illustrator. Boynton has written and illustrated more than forty books for both children and adults, as well as over four thousand greeting cards, and four music albums. Although she does not license her characters to be redrawn or adapted, she has herself designed—for various companies—calendars, wallpaper, bed ...more
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