Yellow Yellow (Hardcover)

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By Mark Alan Stamaty (Illustrator), Frank Asch
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I have been waiting forever for this book to get re-released.  It’s finally here.  First things first, Mark Alan Stamaty has drawn my favorite two children’s books, “Who Needs Donuts?” and “Small in the Saddle.” The later has been out of print for many years.  Hopefully they re-release that one as well. Anyways “Yellow Yellow” is a simple book, but highly versatile. You can read it like a regular picture book and look at the pictures.   You can spend hours pouring over every page, so you see everything each beautifully crafted page has to offer. My favorite is looking at everything and using it as a jumping off point for some of my own art. At “Yellow Yellow’s” heart I would say this is a story about living in a city and just enjoying life.  This city’s characters and texture are amazingly inked by Stamaty.  You might find a Grandmother unicycling, holding her cane, while wearing a hat that seems to be filled with a mailbox and clowns.  Maybe you will come across full grown cowboy pulling a toy duck.  One of my favorite things I saw was a man about a foottall riding a jumping frog in front of a cobbler fixing what appears to be a giant’s shoe.

— From Alex


A boy, a yellow hard hat, and a dizzying urban landscape, from the artist of Who Needs Donuts?

Yellow Yellow
is a charmingly simple story of a child whose playground is a gritty urban cityscape, written by Frank Asch and drawn by Mark Alan Stamaty. With no parent in sight, the boy wanders the sidewalks to find a yellow construction hat that quickly becomes his favorite belonging, earning him many compliments from strangers on nearby stoops. Eventually the boy meets the owner of the hat and must return it, leading the child to make his own yellow hat.

Yet the story comes alive via the visual feast of urban oddities that the Who Needs Donuts? cartoonist Stamaty packs in the background of this rediscovered children’s classic. As the boy innocently wears his yellow hard hat down city streets, he is oblivious to his surrealist fun-house surroundings filled with fantastical neighbors, such as an old lady on a unicycle and a punk with a head full of fish vacuuming the sidewalk. In scratchy black ink drawings, Stamaty builds a bygone city filled with small storefronts—shoe stores, bookshops, delicatessens, and barbershops—all packed with detail upon detail. Delightfully grotesque humor lurks in the scenery of Yellow Yellow from page to page, rewarding multiple readings. Stamaty’s imagination to fill the space is as limitless as the world was to a young boy in 1970.

About the Author

Frank Asch is a children’s book author living in Vermont. He has written many books, including Moonbear.

Mark Alan Stamaty is a cartoonist, illustrator, and children’s book author living in New York City. He is the author of the cult classic Who Needs Donuts?

Product Details
ISBN: 9781770463585
ISBN-10: 1770463585
Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly
Publication Date: May 21st, 2019
Pages: 48


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