By Hatsue Nakawaki; Komako Sakai (Illustrator)
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.
This is one of those books that is a hidden gem. I admit I bought it because I thought the character looks like Rain Dragon, but it's a pitch perfect book--beautifully illustrated and exactly capturing a child's perspective.
But what clinched this as an amazing book to me is when one weekend we went to visit a butterfly garden. Rain Dragon was she kept pointing at all the butteflies and saying "Wait, Wait!" and then "Book!"
And when we came home she wanted the book read again, too