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WAIT! WAIT! by Hatsue Nakawaki Kirkus Star


by Hatsue Nakawaki ; illustrated by Komako Sakai ; translated by Yuki Kaneko

Age Range: 1 - 5

Pub Date: July 22nd, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-59270-138-4
Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books

A small child is wonder-struck by every creature she encounters.

She wants nothing more than to examine and touch and follow each of them. But a butterfly flutters off into the air, a lizard wiggles away between the rocks, pigeons fly out of reach, and the family cats scat as she nears. As each disappears from view, the little one calls, “Wait! Wait!” Finally, Daddy scoops her up and lovingly guides her as they go off on an adventure of their own. Nakawaki, with the help of translator Kaneko, offers these moments of wonderment and exploration in lovely, spare text, with each word carefully chosen to capture the swift, fluid movements of the creatures and the determination of the curious baby. Sakai’s soft, delicate acrylic-and–oil-pencil illustrations are breathtaking. The butterfly, lizard, pigeons and cats are brilliantly depicted in vivid, accurate detail, while the child is all expressive softness and yearning as she encounters each new experience. Each double-page spread is a sea of white, with a single large-print sentence and a lightly drawn hint of setting, allowing the characters and action to hold center stage. Parents and their little ones will snuggle together to read this joyous evocation of the newness and wonder of the world over and over again.

Tender and wistful and glorious. (Picture book. 1-5)