Yay, You! Moving Out, Moving Up, Moving On

Yay, You! Moving Out, Moving Up, Moving On

by Sandra Boynton


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Moving Out, Moving Up, Moving On
For new graduates, or for anyone facing imminent change, here is profound insight, bold inspiration, and truly ensloxifying advice. Also an occasional hippo. No wombats.
What's more, Yay,You! will not overstress the weary mind. It's nice and short, with lots of pictures, no chapters, no index, no graphs, no study questions, and not a single Suggestion for Further Reading.
Portable, colorful, and low in saturated fats, this is truly the perfect gift for that special onwardly-mobile someone.
There are so many choices. The world is immense. Take a good look around and decide what makes sense...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780689842832
Publisher: Little Simon
Publication date: 04/01/2001
Edition description: Repackage
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 59,897
Product dimensions: 8.74(w) x 8.36(h) x 0.37(d)
Lexile: AD460L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 5 Years

About the Author

Sandra Boynton is a popular American humorist, songwriter, children’s author, and illustrator. Boynton has written and illustrated more than forty books for both children and adults, as well as more than four thousand greeting cards and four music albums. She has designed—for various companies—calendars, wallpaper, bedding, stationery, paper goods, clothing, jewelry, and plush toys.


"Somewhere in rural Connecticut"

Date of Birth:

April 3, 1953

Place of Birth:

Orange, New Jersey


B.A., Yale University, 1974; attended University of California--Berkeley Drama School and Yale Drama School


A Conversation with Sandra Boynton

Q: Was there a particular milestone that inspired you to write Yay, You!?

A: I wrote Yay, You! for my son, Keith, as a high-school graduation present. I worked on it in secret, and gave it to him right after the graduation ceremony. He thanked me dutifully, but without marked enthusiasm. I think he would rather have gotten, oh, maybe a car.

Q: Were you very artistic as a child? When did you know that you wanted to pursue art as a career (and did you consider other careers)?

A: Growing up, I never had any particular talent for art; I just always loved to draw and make things (My mother would add, "...and never clean anything up."). The school I went to from age 5 to 17 -- Germantown Friends in Philadelphia -- was an absolutely superb environment, with the arts thoroughly integrated into the curriculum. This kind of effortless immersion is bound to resonate through the life of any student, at school and beyond.

I went to Yale intending to major in art; but the English program at that time was much more in line with my somewhat classical sensibility, so that's the direction I went. I then went to graduate school in drama -- first at U.C. Berkeley, then at Yale -- ostensibly headed for a life as a director. I was designing greeting cards to pay my way through school, and I wrote my first book, Hippos Go Berserk (1979), while I was still a student. When my first daughter was born, I realized that the drawing and writing were much more compatible with a reasonable family life than theater would be, so I followed that path.

Q: What is your favorite medium to work with (pen and ink, marker, paint)?

A: I work almost entirely with technical pen and watercolor -- sometimes pencil. Never computers, except for typography. Pen and fudge is also good, for sepia tones.

Q: Is there a particular reason that you draw mostly animals?

A: Animals are versatile people --surrogates, since in using them, an artist becomes largely freed from the constraints of age, gender, race, and so on. Though the real reason is I have no idea how to draw people.

Q: Do you have a favorite character that you've created?

A: I really don't have a favorite character. People who know me tend to see my cats as me -- and sometimes the hippos (particularly if we're sharing a dessert).

Q: Has your work ever been animated for television/video?

A: I've had quite a few inquiries about animation rights, but I'm unwilling to relinquish that control. If I do animation, it will be at a time that I can assume a central creative role, not a license-granting one. I still have children at home, so it's certainly not the right time yet.

Q: What other authors and artists do you admire?

A: George Eliot, Nabokov, Keats, Shakespeare, Shaw, Dave Barry, Turner, van Gogh, Jessie Willcox Smith, Bill Waterson.

Q: Do you write and draw at the same time, or do the poems come to you outside of the studio?

A: It's rare to be suddenly inspired -- a fairy chicken with a magic wand appears kind of thing. Though perhaps I wouldn't admit it if that were to happen. I'm pretty prosaic: I work when I work. Sometimes the pictures are first, sometimes the words, sometimes they're apparently simultaneous.

Q: Chocolate is often mentioned in your work. Do you have a favorite chocolate treat?

A: I like intense, brooding, elegant dark chocolate, often with toasted almonds.

Q: What do you have planned for your next book?

A: I wish I knew.

This interview has been provided by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing.

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Yay, You! Moving Out, Moving Up, Moving On 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderful, and anyone who knows someone getting ready to graduate from high school should really check it out! The words should be an inspiration to us all....
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really love this book and it's such a great inspiration for an adult like me. I am gonna give my copy to a charity for some children out there. Maybe this will make them smile during the holiday season. Later on I definately will get another copy for myself to keep!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Behind all the goofy faces and simple rhymes in this sweet book is a very real, very sweet sentiment of pride and support that any friend or family member will be glad you shared with them. It's for that special successful person, young or old, especially those entering a new phase of life.
MeditationesMartini on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Insofar as I understand the message here, it is "Love y'self, child!" and obviously I support that, but there is a lot strange and incoherent about the way it's put across. Strange and incoherent in the vein of that subtitle.
cassie.lee.irwin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Media: AcrylicsGenre: FantasyReview: This book is written in rhyme. It is a fantasy because the character (a bear) does real activities that a human would do, the activities that he performs a bear cannot actually do! This book focuses on how the unknown of moving on can be scary, it is written to encourage it's readers.
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ConfuzzledShannon More than 1 year ago
A books for graduates of all ages and any kind of graduation.   It is cute and written by author Boynton who writes mostly for children.   I am not sure the reason she wrote this but compared to the Dr. Seuss book “Oh The Places You Will Go”,  “Yay, You” Loses steam at the end of the book.  The art is cute and resembles most of Boynton’s books for children. I wish I could say more about it.  Unfortunately I keep comparing it to Seuss.   This was  a nice try but I do not feel the enthusiasm.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book came to me while sitting in JFK airport, making a life changing decision to stay or leave NYC. I ended up staying after a quick trip home to the Midwest. I was 23 when I found it so it's evidence that it applies to the young as well as the adult. I also gave this to my friend who graduated college. She adored it. This book is worth the purchase for any graduate or someone who needs a reminder that the world is theirs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my 2 year old's favorite books. We have to read it to him almost every night. Great book!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay, maybe I shouldn't admit this, but I am a Barnes and Noble employee, and when the store is slow, I occasionally sneak into the childrens section to read the new books. This one is great. Lots of fun for ages 1 to 100.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just read this book in a bookstore and had to buy it. It is clearly based on the Dr. Seuss classic 'Oh The Places You Will Go.' Like the Seuss book, it appeals to high school and college graduates, but it can be enjoyed by young children as well. As a professor, I plan to give a copy to all my students earning PhDs, and I also just ordered a copy for my 14 month old boy. Wonderful illustrations. A bit more 'cutesy' than the Seuss classic, but ever-so-worthy of comparison. I always suspected that Boynton is a genius when it comes to translating the simple joys of life to people of all ages. 'Yay, You!' proves it. I love every book Boynton has penned (and inked), even when I read them over and over and over again (as a good father must).