Sarah Bee (Author)
Sarah Bee was born by the Thames and lives in east London with a big dog and an even bigger eucalyptus. She mostly writes at night, mostly. The Yes is her debut picture book.
Satoshi Kitamura (Illustrator)
Satoshi Kitamura was born in Tokyo and worked in advertising there before moving to London in 1980. He won the Mother Goose Award for Angry Arthur and he is now one of the most distinguished illustrators in Britain.
Will encourage readers of any age to feel intrepid
Sunday Times, Book of the Week
This book is for everyone who has ever felt discouraged… A brilliant, simple book of affirmation
Uplifting, original story, with Matisse-like illustrations.
A perfect marriage of image, words, design and layout… A joyful book
Joy Court, Reading Zone
Sumptuous and gorgeous illustrations make it completely entrancing. Yes indeed!
Read It, Daddy!
The Yes is an important book. The Yes is a beautiful book. The Yes is a book that deserves to be talked about… I can’t recommend this highly enough. Buy or borrow The Yes as soon as you can, you won’t be disappointed.
Picture books are extraordinary. And I think that The Yes stands proud up there with the best of them . . . a book about being brave and strong and confident.
Did you ever stop to think (LH Johnson)
I would highly recommend it as a book to keep returning to over the years, especially when you’re in need of a bit of a boost in confidence. Inspirational, motivating and generally just FAB!
A book about yesness is just what we need if we want a generation of confident, positive-thinking young people.
I’m not sure any review can do this picture book justice. This is probably one of the most unusual, quirkiestpicture books I have ever read. It is also now one of my favourites.
Askews & Holts Library Service
A true exploration of our place in a world that we are constantly trying to make sense of. Definitely a must for the bookshelf of every thinker in the world of yes and no.
Sara Stanley, author of Why Think?: Philosophical Play from 3-11
An astonishing picture book
The Book Sniffer
Wonderful . . . Great for reading aloud to children. The concept and the characterization of yes and no are perfect for discussion.
A powerful story . . . I really can’t recommend it enough!
Encourages a positive mental attitude
Stunning illustrations complement this quirky story to encourage reluctant adventurers to overcome their anxieties and grasp life with both hands.
The Yes is a picture book filled with energy, warmth and such a feel good factor that’ll have you punching the air as you reach the end. I promise.
My Book Corner
Delightful debut picture book… will encourage diffident and negative toddlers to have a go
This book deserves a place in every school library
The School Librarian
Marvellously well-done…This picturebook imaginatively conveys the injunction to say ‘Yes!’ to life.
Books for Keeps
Wonderful use of language.
Brimming with positivity, intended to empower children to overcome their fears and banish negativity.
Prima Baby Magazine
Wonderfully empowering story… unique and uplifting that sends a positive message. Would also make an important contribution to a local library or classroom.
Sara Eastler Blog
The storyline is wonderfully enhanced but the dazzling and dramatic colours of Satoshi Kitamura’s illustrations.
Bold, stylish illustrations and big ideas perfectly framed for young minds, The Yes is a wonderfully fresh story of self-belief and empowerment.
Pregnancy & Parenting Magazine
Wise, empowering and uniquely illustrated, The Yes will have both adult and child shouting joyful, positive affirmations throughout the book.
Huffington Post, Hannah Beckerman
Striking, unusual illustration and an empowering message of self-belief and overcoming your fears.
The Bookseller, Fiona Noble
Clever and insightful reinforcement of self-belief, challenging inner doubt and fear head-on.
Picture Books Blogger, Sarah Yewman
Comforting and full of encouragement, this may be just the selection for adults or children struggling with fear and self-doubt.
The story is about declaring independence and conquering doubt, and Bee’s writing itself provides a rich sense of invention and liberation.
Publishers Weekly online
Can-do attitude. Playfully conveyed by the bold illustrations.
Teach Primary Magazine