Yes Day! by Amy Krause Rosenthal & Tom Lichtenheld

41630332Lynn: I’m giving you all fair warning. Kids will LOVE Yes Day! (Harper 2009) and they will also LOVE the idea behind the story. Our focus group started asking for a Yes Day before we even finished the book! Bright cartoon-style illustrations describe one action after another that are a kid’s idea of heaven–from pizza for breakfast to filling the grocery cart with sugary cereals to staying up really late. Each request is followed by a gutter-crossing illustration of the happy result. This book would be a hoot to read to a class and fun to use as a writing prompt. Me – I’d ask for more time to read! What would you ask for?

Cindy: I’m thinking that Amy and Tom were a handful as children–or at least, they knew how to have fun! I love Lynn’s idea of using this book as a writing prompt, even with older students, but I’d want the writing to be accompanied by illustration, too. What a fun classroom activity.

I really like the endpapers on this book. They are filled with a calendar of blue days that are marked with phrases like this:

Out of the Question Day

Which Part of No Don’t You Understand Day

Go Ask Your Father Day

You Gotta Be Kidding Me Day

And That’s Final Day

And then there’s the shining golden Yes Day! square that sets the stage for the story. Delightful book. And my Yes Day? Maybe front row seats behind the Indiana bench for an IU/Purdue basketball game at IU? But since it’s not basketball season, how about a day-long nap on the beach getting out of all the work I need to do? Yes!



About the Author:

Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

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