The Yes is a cheerful orange creature who sets off to explore the big wide Where. But the Where is home to the Nos, who travel in packs and discourage the Yes at every turn. They tell the Yes that the tree is too big to climb, the bridge is too rickety to cross, the woods are too scary to explore. Read more...
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The Yes is a cheerful orange creature who sets off to explore the big wide Where. But the Where is home to the Nos, who travel in packs and discourage the Yes at every turn. They tell the Yes that the tree is too big to climb, the bridge is too rickety to cross, the woods are too scary to explore. But even just one Yes is stronger than countless Nos.
Fans of Dr. Seuss will fall in love with the bright illustrations and clever wordplay, and the heartwarming message about overcoming obstacles makes this book the perfect graduation gift.
- ISBN-13: 9780802854490
- ISBN-10: 0802854494
- Publisher: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
- Publish Date: February 2015
- Page Count: 32
- Reading Level: Ages 5-8
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-11-24
- Reviewer: Staff
Part Phantom Tollbooth, part E.E. Cummings, this allegory stars a Yes, “a great big orange thing” who sets off to find his fate. Veteran illustrator Kitamura (The History of Money) paints the Yes as a featureless, three-legged, Matisselike creature lumbering across a barren plain filled with adversaries—the Nos. “They were so many and so very that you could see nothing but Nos. They made all the Here and all the Else a no-ness and a not-ness.” Newcomer Bee spins her lines of prose-poetry with a sure touch, creating a series of episodes in which the Yes is swarmed by the Nos but succeeds anyway: “No, too big,” they whine. “No, too tall. No, too silly. No, you’ll fall.” Ignoring them all, Yes climbs a tree, fords a river, and, at last, scales a mountain to escape the Nos forever. Kitamura’s blobby shapes and pared-down compositions echo Bee’s childlike lyricism as Yes crosses golden plains and green mountainsides, backlit by limpid skies. The story is about declaring independence and conquering doubt, and Bee’s writing itself provides a rich sense of invention and liberation. Ages 4–8. (Feb.)