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Yo! Yes?


3.89  ·  Rating details ·  4,980 ratings  ·  421 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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The illustrations of Chris Raschka's Yo! Yes? do not really appeal all that much to me on a personal and aesthetic level (while bright and lively, the facial expressions in particular do feel a bit overly vague and flatly washed-out), but I do have to absolutely and with pleasure admit that they do work exceedingly well with the sparse but effective text (mirroring its simplicity, but also somewhat expanding on the bare-bones printed words by also showing the changing emotions of the two lonely ...more
Jan 30, 2010 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.

This book was selected as one of the books for the November 2016- Caldecott Honor discussion at the Picture-Book Club in the Children's Books Group here at Goodreads.
Woody Calhoon
Mar 30, 2014 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
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kasey-s-books
Este libro es tan noventero. No se si de verdad fue escrito en los 90'S, pero tiene esa esencia.

Una historia, manejada de una forma muy original. Sobre lo facil que puede ser hacer amigos.

Cada pagina contiene oraciones cortas, a veces de una sola palabra. Con letras de gran tamaño. Que ayudan muchísimo cuando los niños apenas están aprendiendo a leer.


Muy recomendable, libro multi-premiado, y lastimosamente lo encontré en las rebajas en una feria del libro.
Jan 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
While I can see the value of this book for beginning readers and English language learners, it did not particularly appeal to me. The text is simple, two boys saying hello and beginning a friendship using just a few words. The illustrations are bright and help convey the meaning. However, I did not find either the text or illustrations appealing.
Feb 26, 2016 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.
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kidbooks
Everything this man does is delightful, but this is my favorite.
Gabriela Alvarez
Feb 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Yo!Yes? By Chris Raschaka is a Caldecott Honor Book and is a recommendation from the Association for Library Service to Children.
Recommend for ages 3-5

This story is about two boys who end up being friends and communicate using few words. A shy boy is suddenly surprised, when an outgoing boy who is different from him, stops him and says "Yo!" and is unsure if he's talking to him. Soon, he shares with this stranger that he has no friends, but that stranger ends up offering his friendship to him.
Apr 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 3 - 5 year olds, preschool storytime, discuss diversity
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
Olivia Pitchford
Sep 19, 2012 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
Jen Wehage-Barrera
Feb 10, 2016 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 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
Nov 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: caldecott
1994 Caldecott Honor - Favorite Illustration: When the outgoing boy says "Yes, me!" and the timid boy replies "You!" I love the way the friendly boy is standing there with his arms on his head. So typical of small kids.
This is a fun, very simple book that tells a great story about the value of making new friends. I love kids and the way they will simply run up to another kid and ask if they want to play and be friends. Often, they don't even ask names, they're just content to play together. It u
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 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
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.
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.
Aug 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Raschka fans and friendship requests
Raschka is a genius at telling a story with few words. I had forgotten about this one for my friendship programs. 8/14

Worked really well I with a preshool class today.
Feb 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book shows two kids becoming friends.
Sierra Watts
This is an easy read, It shows how two strangers can become friends using a short conversation.
Rebecca Zadick
Dec 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: exam-2
"Yo! Yes?" received the Caldecott Honor and was rated 3.5 stars from me for the simple, yet sweet message portrayed in the story, as well as the vibrant illustrations. The story line follows two boys who start as strangers, but end as friends. They meet on the street, beginning when one boy says "yo!" and the other boy replies back with "yes?" The rest is history from there. The most special aspect of the story is that it celebrates diversity because the characters have different skin tones and ...more
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Yo! Yes? is a Caldecott Medal winner picture book for ages four to seven years old.
Summary: The book tells of the meeting and new friendship created between a young African American boy and a young Caucasian boy.

Evaluation: When I was young I didn't think deeply into to this book as I do now. Based on the language, its usually words repeated, one word dialogue and not anything too complicated. But, because of the meaning it can be used for students a little older. For me the book is so effecti
Kelly Mendieta
Summary: This book is about a white Caucasian boy and an African american boy that encounter each other on the street.The book does not provide the names of the two main characters. Through their conversation, it is discovered that the Caucasian boy has no friends. They have simple one word conversations but by the end of the conversation they develop a friendship with one another.

Evaluation: This is a great book to use for beginning readers. The whole story consists of one word responses. The
Feb 16, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: hildy-books
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
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Chris Raschka's "Yo! Yes?" is a fantastic illustrated depiction of a friendship forged between two children from different backgrounds. The two boys have quite different appearances (race, clothing, hairstyles, etc.), and yet they are able to become friends. While the illustrations are not incredibly detailed, they do appeal to a child's aesthetic and would allow any child to put themselves in the place of either of the characters. Children just learning to read will have complete access to the ...more
Hannah Ellison
Nov 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This story is told through a conversation perspective. The two young boys in this book, are having a conversation because one boy approached the other and said “Yo!”. The one boy asked why the other was sad, and he said because he had no friends. The two boys became friends at the end of the conversation and it is a very sweet book. The illustrations through out the story show the two boys expressions and body language which helps the readers interpret the text easier, since it is such a short s ...more
Rebecca Palermo
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Two children of difference races meet on the street. At first, the children struggle to understand what the other is trying to say, but by the end of the book the two boys become friends.

I gave this book four stars because I found it be a thought provoking book. Students are required to think about what the two kids are saying to each other based on punctuation used in the book and the back ground knowledge the students have. More specifically, I enjoyed how the two boys body
Xi Cai
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a great picture book for the early childhood education. First, the illustration of this book is very simple. The text and pictures were tight together. The first thing caught my eye is that there are two characters and they were expressing what they trying to say by a simple word. This book will attract children's attention because there is no much font but the words and the characters were interesting by looking at their facial expressions.
One of the important factor to help children t
Mia Tenijieth
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Despite the length and word word count of he book the story behind it was very positive in several ways. One being it was, in my opinion, very anti-bullying which is something that has been getting tons of support. Another positive message behind this story was the bonding of two children from different races. Although their dialect was not all that similar, it was the reason that they became friends (kind of out of confusion followed by clarification). Neither character acknowledged their physi ...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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