No one likes to wait.
For a child, waiting can be a frustratingly endless experience. Like the “drip… drip… drip” wait for a storm to pass. Or the “tick, tick, tick” wait of the oven timer while cookies are baking. But there are many different kinds of waits! There is the “clickety-clack” wait of the train, or the “wiggle and jiggle” wait of a loose tooth. There is also the “shiver and shake” wait of being next on the diving board or the “ding, ding, ding” wait of the ice cream cart (finally, a wait worthwhile!). Dufayet’s onomatopoeic language instantly conveys the mood of each wait, stretching out the slow and agonizing ones or speeding up the “lickety-split” ones like toast popping out of a toaster. Wisely posited: “No matter how hard you try…you can’t make waiting go faster.” Luckily, Bassani’s bright illustrations highlight many of the fruitful results—such as a butterfly that lands on one’s finger. Waiting can be worth it! A diverse group of youngsters learn the value of patience and, as the title indicates, that waiting is better when done with a friend.
Laconic and simple; earnest and lovely.(Picture book. 3-6)