1994 Caldecott Honor Book
Synopses & Reviews
With a mere 19 words (yo appears twice, yes six times) the author/artist of Charlie Parker Played Be Bop presents a spirited conversation on a city sidewalk that is, in itself, a complete drama. Two boys meet as strangers. One hails the other, who is cautious. The first persists. The other responds. Gradually they begin to talk and end up as friends.
"Raschka's watercolor and charcoal pencil illustrations certainly do the trick they're brash, witty and offbeat, and easily portray a vigorous range of emotion. At least in the small realm of this cheeky picture book, less is definitely more." Publishers Weekly
"Raschka exhibits an appreciation of the rhythms of both language and human exchange in his deceptively simple story." Hornbook Guide to Children
"[A] natural jumping-off place for discussions of friendship, race relations, and even language." Booklist
"Amusing for story times, or for use in discussions of feelings, it is fun to read and look at, and appealing to the eye, ear, and heart." School Library Journal
About the Author
Chris Raschka received the Caldecott Medal for The Hello, Goodbye Window and a Caldecott Honor for Yo! Yes?. He has written and/or illustrated numerous books for children, among them three by bell hooks. He lives with his wife and son in New York City.