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Publishers Weekly Review
Like his Hug and Tall, Yes by Jez Alborough stars adorable Bobo the chimp, who says, "Yes, yes" to bathtime and "No, no" to bedtime. But with the help of a couple friends, Bobo winds up safely asleep with his mother. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
School Library Journal Review
PreS-Gr 1-The irrepressible chimp is back, and this time he doesn't want to go to bed. When Mama tells Bobo that it is bathtime, he enthusiastically responds "yes, yes, yes," but when she announces bedtime, he throws a tantrum, utilizing every toddler's favorite word: "no!" Mama walks away, leaving her son pouting until two friends come along and play with him until he falls asleep. The elephant takes the sleeping chimp to Mama's waiting arms and all is well. While some people may find the result of Bobo's tantrum-that he gets to play until he falls asleep-somewhat troubling, the large, colorful pictures are so delightful that children's enjoyment will outweigh most concerns. Preschoolers and beginning readers alike will be drawn to the cartoonlike, multimedia illustrations, which are broken up nicely into panels to lend motion and flow to the story. The generous size of the appealing illustrations and simplicity of the text will lend themselves well to group and one-on-one reading. While not an essential purchase, many libraries will want to say "YES" to this pleasant addition.-Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Using only a few words and cartoonlike art, Alborough brings back Bobo the chimp ( Hug, 2004) in a not-quite-ready-for-bedtime scenario that will strike a chord with children and grown-ups everywhere. Bath time, Bobo! elicits an enthusiastic Yes! But bedtime brings a resounding No! as well as a case of the sulks and escape to the pond. But some enthusiastic splashing with friends is just the thing to perk Bobo up--and wear him out. Soon it's bedtime for Bobo at last. The text, consisting predominantly of yes and no, appears in word bubbles, and bright gouache pictures, full-page and vertical panels, present lively depictions of expressions and verbal and nonverbal interactions--from Bobo happily playing with friends to being curled up asleep, cozy in his leafy bed. --Shelle Rosenfeld Copyright 2006 Booklist
Horn Book Review
Young chimp Bobo (of Hug and Tall fame) says ""yes"" to a bath but ""no"" when his mom says it's bedtime. The limited text, comprised mainly of ""yes"" and ""no,"" nonetheless communicates a complete (if not original) story. The gouache illustrations are heavy on blues, greens, and browns, adding to the gentle tone of the story. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.
Kirkus Book Review
In Alborough's third book for young children about Bobo, the young chimp says "yes," repeatedly, to taking a bath. He then says "no," just as emphatically, to going to bed. Bobo's mother knowingly acquiesces and moves to the sidelines as Bobo proceeds to frolic in the river with a young lizard and a baby elephant. Inevitably, Bobo asleep, and he's delivered home to his waiting mother, accompanied by the lizard and nestled in the elephant's trunk. "Bedtime for Bobo," his mother says. "Yes," answer his new friends. Minimal text (the focus is on the words "yes" and "no") makes this perfect for the youngest children, and the cheerful gouache-on-board illustrations lovingly depict the affable animals. Perhaps the story would be stronger if it were apparent that Bobo's mother felt assured of his safety throughout--readers see her looking alarmed when the lizard appears, and then do not see her again until she collects her son--but as it stands, this is a soothing bedtime tale with warm, appealing and energetic characters. (Picture book. 2-5) Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.