Wait! Wait! by Hatsue Nakawaki, illustrated by Komako Sakai
Translated from the Japanese, this little book is perfect for busy toddlers. It follows some time in a toddler’s day when they move from one distraction to the next. First, there is the butterfly fluttering past that won’t wait. Then the lizard on the sidewalk slithers off without waiting. Then come pigeons and next cats. Finally, the little child is scooped up by a grown up and carried off on their shoulders with obvious delight.
This simple little book captures so nicely the speed of a toddler’s thoughts and the way that they can keep so busy with new discoveries in their day. There is a wonderful gentleness to the book, where the animals and then the adult are just as much fun and intriguing as one another. At the same time, there is a sense of discovery and awe as each new creature is found.
The text is very simple with the title repeated throughout and then one additional sentence added for each creature. The illustrations shine. They are wonderfully organic with textures while the colors remain subtle and natural.
This book begs to be shared with one little child at a time, so that the animals can be identified and new discoveries of their own can be shared. Appropriate for ages 1-3.
Reviewed from copy received from Enchanted Lion.