"An effective, unusual 34-word story of the beginnings of a friendship, accompanied by wild and wonderful illustrations. . . . (The) 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 yell 'Yow!"--Starred review, "School Library Journal". Awards include Caldecott Honor ...
"An effective, unusual 34-word story of the beginnings of a friendship, accompanied by wild and wonderful illustrations. . . . (The) 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 yell 'Yow!"--Starred review, "School Library Journal". Awards include Caldecott Honor Book, "The Horn Book" Fanfare List, American Library Association Notable Children's Book, and others.
Great author; very modern writing. My child can now say all the words in the book because it is such a simple story and yet the story is actually quite deep. It is a favorite book to read in our house!
Publishers Weekly, 1993-02-15 Raschka's innovative picture book aims to explore the nature of friendship in only 34 words. It's a risk, but as a writer and artist Raschka is no stranger to risk-taking--his debut ( Charlie Parker Played Be Bop ) was a sly, joyous exercise in avant-garde that stretched the definition of picture book. And here, he does the same. After the briefest of exchanges, two boys--one black, one white, one shy, one outgoing, one nerdy, one street-smart--decide to take a chance on friendship. Like a two-character play with no scenery and minimal dialogue, the story relies on the expressiveness of the ``actors'' and the raw energy of the artwork to hook the reader. 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. Ages 3-6. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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