YO! YES? by Chris Raschka

YO! YES?

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Age Range: 4 - 7
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 A classic scenario from the innovative creator of Charlie Parker Played Be Bop (1992)--two boys parlaying what could be a confrontation into friendship--in a series of monosyllabic exchanges between a stylishly informal, self-confident boy (black) who appears on the left-hand pages and the anxious, overdressed (white) newcomer on the right. ``Yo!'' ``Yes?''/``Hey!'' ``Who?''/``You!'' ``Me?'' they parry, their feet precisely planted at page bottom, their stances as expressive as the varied styles of Raschka's hand-lettered text. Succinctly, they move on to an important confidence: ``What's up?'' ``Not much.''/``Why?'' ``No fun.''/``Oh?'' ``No friends'' and to a gleeful epiphany--``Me!'' ``You?''/``Yes, me!'' ``You!''/``Well?'' ``Well.''/``?'' ``Yes!''--and their feet spring up from the page's edge: ``Yo! Yes! Yow!'' Whether it's caution or prejudice that's overcome, the process is reduced to elementals--two figures, roughly drawn yet vibrant with feeling, and their comical dialogue (a breeze for beginning readers), encompassing a world of meaning. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: March 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-531-05469-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Orchard
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 1993




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