In their second collaboration, Harper and Hellard (It's Not Fair!) use not only the same kangaroo family from their first book but also the same literary device. Just as in that book, the kangaroo heroine gripes about somethingin this case, all the times grownups have put her off for ``just a minute!'' She turns the tables and declares, ``Just a minute!'' when the adults want her to do their bidding. The turnaround idea was fresher the first time, but this remains an appealing story. The softly colored pictures are warm and witty, as is the depiction of family life. Ages 1-6. (October)
Gr K-2 A young kangaroo muses about the fact that her expectations about what's important often differ widely from that of her family and friends. She all too frequently hears the expression ``in a minute'' or ``wait just a minute'' when she is most anxious to share her latest accomplishment or is in need of a little help. On the other hand, she is the one who wants everyone to wait just a minute when she is not ready to leave or go to bed. A quiet, warm, and appealing story with full-color illustrations that are bold and bright. Children will surely enjoy this fresh and charming tale about time and different perceptions of it. Bonnie Wheatley, Emma Conn Elementary School, Raleigh, N.C.