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Product Details

  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd (August 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406304565
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406304565
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #915,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 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
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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
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More About the Author

Jez was born in Kingston upon Thames in 1959. He went to art school in Norwich and then set about entering the competitve world of children's books. Jez has now written and illustrated over thirty picture books for children, he was runner up of the 1985 Mother Goose Award with his first book Bare Bear. Jez lives in London with his Danish wife.

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And when we read this book before bedtime, he knows it's time for bed.
Dana G. Williams
Since toddlers like to say "No" more than "Yes", I bought this book expecting to find a sweet tale in which the main character learns that "Yes" can be good too.
Titanium Lili
Our daughter loved this book from around 14 months through 20 months or so.
M. McAulay

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Cheryll L. Nelson on April 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I purchased this book back in January and it quickly became the favorite of one of my students. It is a good one for demonstrating the daily tussles between parent and child, esp. when the child is tired and doesn't want to do what the parent knows the child needs to do (go to sleep).

Books with no or little text are excellent avenues for exploring whatever is pertinent to the caregiver-child relationship. You can use whatever words the child needs to hear/learn. The use of simple words with reduplicated syllables (Bobo, the little chimp's name and Mama) allows even children with limited verbal abilities to participate orally.

Jez Alborough's illustrations are vibrant, full of energy and humor.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Williams on November 28, 2008
Format: Paperback
As a first grade teacher and a parent of two young children, I think this book and Jez Alborough's other Bobo books, Hug and Tall are great for building confidence in beginning readers. I recommend them not just as read-alouds, but as first easy-to-read texts, similar to Spot. I checked out Yes, Hug, and Tall from the library and read them first to my own children. They loved them. My 4-year-old quickly figured out the simple text and read all 3 books on her own many times. She was so excited--reading to every member of the family and giving everyone kisses! I then took them to school and shared them with my first graders, many of whom are struggling readers. The class loved the books, too. My previous non-readers, including a couple of English language learners, borrowed the books whenever they had free time and would enthusiasticly read them over and over again. Not only did they get good practice with several sight words, they more importantly found confidence as readers for the first time. Getting struggling readers to feel confident and excited about reading is truly half the battle. I was so excited about my class's and my daughter's reactions to these books that I immediately ordered all three from Amazon.com. The other first grade teachers in my building borrowed the books from me and had a similar experience.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Brian Delaney on December 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I bought this becuase my 20-month son absolutely loves HUG, by the same author. There is a scene where the mother leaves Bobo in the bath, saying Bye-Bye, because he says No. My boy sobbed really loudly when he saw this, he was very upset, and it was my first time to see anything like this kind of response to a book.

I don't feel the story hangs together as coherently as HUG. Although the illustrations are great.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. Veerakamolmal on February 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is the second book by Jez Alborough that I bought in a near by bookstore in Brookline MA. The first time I read this book to my 1.8 years old, I thought "oh oh" because, like an earlier reviewer mentioned, Bobo monkey obviously said 'no' several times. Fast forward several weeks after having read this book to my child almost every night, it offers my child an option to say 'no' at times and allow us to enter into a productive (allow you to detect an objection before the child starts crying or being passive aggressive) negotiation. Being a toddler with limited means of communication is not easy. Knowing how to use 'no' as this book demonstrates will give a child a way to express objection. This book teaches a child to express and detect emotions (when friends are being playful or Bobo's mom is angry) that is important in a relationship.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. McAulay on October 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Yikes! I don't want to make too big a deal out of it but some of the negative reviews on this title really have me shaking my head.

First of all: Bobo's mommy does not leave him alone! She very clearly goes and hides behind a bush and watches him to be sure he's safe.

Second: the notion that this book will teach a toddler to be negative is preposterous. Toddlers are going to experiment with boundaries as a natural part of their development and that includes negativity. It's comical (but also sad) to imagine parents who probably say "no" to their toddlers a dozen times a day worrying that this book will somehow exacerbate the situation.

Our daughter loved this book from around 14 months through 20 months or so. The art is beautiful (as always with Jez Alborough) and the characters' faces are very expressive which afforded us plenty of opportunities to talk about what they were feeling. In our household we don't try to suppress negative emotions, rather we work on understanding them, communicating them respectfully, and channeling them into positive outlets. There is nothing whatsoever in Yes that's incompatible with these goals.

All of the Bobo books are worth having. The art is beautiful and the stories are stripped down to their fundamental emotional elements which makes them ideal for toddlers. Hug and Tall are arguably better but Yes is still great. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dana G. Williams on February 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
At 18-21 months my son was at the point where he wasn't able to figure out how to communicate his needs with other people using his words. He'd get frustrated and shove or bite because he couldn't find two very helpful words -- Yes and No.

He was enthralled with the idea of understanding that Bobo the baby monkey could express himself using just those two words, and the storyline feeds off of a toddler's wish for some independence and freedom of choice. (I don't think the mother abandons Bobo, as written in a prior review. I think the illustrations clearly show her watching from behind some brush on the beach as Bobo plays with her friends. I think Mom was giving her child time to sort out her fit.)

Anyway by 23 months, all the shoving and biting had ended. He now clearly knows yes and no. And when we read this book before bedtime, he knows it's time for bed. But he stills smirks when Bobo says "No!" to his mother. He identifies with that emotion. And I don't think expressing that kind of frustration is wrong or disrespectful.
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