"YAK AND GNU is a counting book, full of word play, that is also a funny little story about friendship and taking life as it comes to us. Yak and Gnu are best of friends and set out to enjoy a day floating in the water out to sea. They think they will be alone, but soon discovered that the waterway is a very popular place to be. They run into everything from a goat to gorillas and hippos to whales. The story has a structure that mixes the typical counting-book motif with a "House That Jack Built" build-up. It also contains a lot of funny word play (rhyming words, alliteration, assonance, etc.). This would make a great story to read to young children at a school story time." tvtv3 said.
"My son's favorite book. Great drawings and characters and a perfect length for bedtime reading." Tickster17 said.
"This rhyming counting book featuring a flotilla of critters floating down a river will delight young readers who love silly stories. Yak and Gnu set out in their kayak and canoe for a afternoon's outing but before they know it the waterway is filled with other animal in a variety of vessels. The illustrations are great and the text is fun to read out loud so climb on board and enjoy this rollicking river adventure with Yak and Gnu!" Bob Walch said.
"Absolutely delightful book to read over and over again with your children or grandchildren with illustrations that can not fail to bring a smile to your face. If you are looking for "the perfect book" to buy for a child this is it! The few pages you can view online carry on the delight right through the whole book. If you like the preview, you will love the book. Just delightful!" Homespun said.
"This is a picture book. It is fiction. People who like animals and counting numbers and who are three, four, or five years old would like it.
Yak and Gnu are friends. Thinking that no one else can sail as well as them, they go on and on and meet more and more animals until a big ship comes. Everyone else they meet can sail a boat, too. They are upset because they think they are the only ones who could sail a boat, and their song is was only for themselves. Then they notice; “we are different, and everyone else is different, so we can still sing our song because we are us!” In the end they felt they could be themselves because they were different from everyone else because no one else had a kayak or canoe, and no one else was really best friends. Yak and Gnu are funny and I liked the illustrations, and there are a lot of tongue twisters. The best part of the book is when they are sailing by themselves.
review by Aubrey L, Age 7, Greater NYC Mensa" Young Mensan BookParade said.
"This is such a fun, sweet book. We got it from the library about a month ago and my 3 year old is still talking about it, so we finally bought our own copy. It is silly, fun to read, and has a nice lesson about friendship." Brie said.