{book} a present nostalgia

30 days of pbDay Twenty-FiveWait! Wait! 

By Hatsue Nakawaki

Illustrated by Komako Sakai

Translated by Yuki Kaneko

Enchanted Lion Books 2013

wait-waitWait! 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.—publisher’s comments.

wait wait birdsPretty acrylic and oil pencil illustrations focus the white expanse of the page. And they certainly sympathize with the young child audience. The accuracy of the toddling child’s postures anticipates a curious child hoping to take hold of the creatures about it. The sleek quick motion of nature escapes the still plodding inelegance of the young subject. Eventually the father picks up the child exclaiming: “Here we go!”: lending his height, stability, and mobility to the young one still discovering their own arms and legs.


Wait! Wait! is indeed a picture book about a fostered independence and engagement with the world, but it also fosters a reassurance (and reliance) in the strong and capable presence of the adult caregiver who is likely thinking to the child—Wait! Wait! don’t grow up too quickly! It is a picture book of stages, simultaneously anticipatory and nostalgic; for the child and adult reader alike.


Hatsue Nakawaki was born in 1974 in Tokushima, Japan. She is a prolific author of books for children and adults. She has written several novels over the past few years and has a strong interest in folklore. She is an author and a mother and loves creating stories.

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.

check out Book Dragon’s review 

{Images belong to Komako Sakai, text to Hatsue Nakawaki}


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I read, and I write. and until recently, I sold books.

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