Wait! Wait!

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Wait! Wait! is an ideal book for young children that gently follows their rhythms and preoccupations. With a text of few words, frequent repetitions, and delicate illustrations with which children will quickly identify, the book follows a young child's discovery of other creatures. This discovery comes with the recognition that while other creatures can suddenly appear they can also go away and disappear just as quickly. But the delightful appearance of a dad and his playful swoop of his toddler up onto his ...

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Overview

Wait! Wait! is an ideal book for young children that gently follows their rhythms and preoccupations. With a text of few words, frequent repetitions, and delicate illustrations with which children will quickly identify, the book follows a young child's discovery of other creatures. This discovery comes with the recognition that while other creatures can suddenly appear they can also go away and disappear just as quickly. But the delightful appearance of a dad and his playful swoop of his toddler up onto his shoulders will remind little ones that the people who love them will always be there and will never, ever not come back.

Hatsue Nakawaki is a prolific author of children's books.

Komako Sakai was born in Hyogo, Japan, in 1966. After graduating from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, Sakai worked at a kimono textile design company. She is currently one of the most popular authors and illustrators in Japan. Her books Emily's Balloon and The Snow Day have been published in the United States and were received with starred reviews and much acclaim.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times - Sarah Harrison Smith
This is a lovely book for very young children: Komako Sakai's illustrations convey tacit sympathy with the child's perspective, and Nakawaki leaves so much unstated that there is plenty left to discuss.
Publishers Weekly
Nakawaki and Sakai trace a small child’s attempts to explore—and keep up with—the surrounding world in a picture book first published in Japan in 2002. Dressed in white overalls, a striped shirt, and chunky shoes, the toddler (who could easily be a boy or a girl) is the star of every spread. Sakai sketches the child and the outdoors in crayony black lines against white backgrounds, giving just a light sense of setting. Conversely, the animals that catch the child’s eye—a yellow butterfly flying past, a muddy lizard perched on a slab of concrete, a cluster of blue-gray pigeons—appear in fine, naturalistic detail, and the toddler’s awed, open-mouthed facial reactions are drawn with similar care. “Wait! Wait!” is the refrain as the animals dash out of reach. Though they prove too quick for this emerging walker, the child gets scooped up in the final pages, receiving yet another view of the world from atop Dad’s shoulders. A lovely and intimate study of a child’s growing sense of independence, capability, and curiosity. Up to age 3. (June)
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STARRED REVIEW, School Library Journal

"A lovely and intimate study of a child's growing sense of independence, capability, and curiosity." - Publishers Weekly

"Sakai is a wizard with the medium, capturing the child’s emotions with simple lines and bringing the animals fully to life. . . . Parents and toddlers will see themselves in these pages and delight in Sakai’s ability to bring them to life. A quiet gem." - School Library Journal

School Library Journal
★ 09/01/2013
PreS—The nearly incidental minimalistic text (the titular refrain) serves as an outline for Sakai's inspired illustrations, which capture tiny moments of a toddler's exploration of the world. On the first page, the youngster chases a butterfly, to the words, "Wait! Wait!" On the next, the butterfly flies away, "fluttering up in the air." And so it goes as the child discovers a lizard, some pigeons, and two cats, and finally is swung up onto Daddy's shoulders, to the words, "Here we go!" The spare text gives the illustrations room to shine and a child's imagination room to roam. The acrylic and oil pencil illustrations use simple lines and colors to capture both motion and emotion. The backgrounds are mostly white, with only the most important details sketched in, but the black of the pencil manages to give the earth and rocks and grass both texture and immediacy. The small details ground the illustrations in reality, and the blurred wings of the pigeons capture the movement in almost photographic reality. Sakai is a wizard with the medium, capturing the child's emotions with simple lines and bringing the animals fully to life. The limited use of color and paint emphasizes the texture of the cats' fur, the birds' wings, and the flowers' petals. Parents and toddlers will see themselves in these pages and delight in Sakai's ability to bring them to life. A quiet gem.—Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT
Kirkus Reviews
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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592701384
  • Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books
  • Publication date: 7/9/2013
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 798,779
  • Age range: 1 - 3 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Komako Sakai: Komako Sakai was born in Hyogo, Japan, in 1966. After graduating from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, Sakai worked at a kimono textile design company. She is currently one of the most popular author/illustrators in Japan. Her books Emily's Balloon and The Snow Day have been published in the US and were received with starred reviews and much acclaim.

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