What Are You Waiting For? – Scott Menchin, pictures by Matt Phelan

         What Are You Waiting For? – Scott Menchin, pictures by Matt Phelan, A Neal Porter Book/Roaring Brook Press, (9781626721524), 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  4

Genre:  Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  A badger wakes up to find his friend rabbit outside waiting for something.  Rabbit will not tell badger what he is waiting for, so the two spend a day exploring their woodland home together while waiting.  The story is told in dialogue between the two friends, with different color type delineating Badger’s voice from Rabbit’s.  It is almost like a game of twenty questions, with badger inspired by things he sees.  “Is it small?” he asks as they look at a caterpillar.  “Is it old?” he inquires as the two look at the rings on a fallen tree trunk.  After a full day, Badger falls asleep but is awakened by Rabbit: “Oh no, I fell asleep. Did I miss it? Did I miss it?” Badger asks.  Rabbit replies “You woke up just in time.”  The next page must be turned 90 degrees so that the reader sees a bright full moon above the two friends on a hilltop.  Badger is eager to see it again tomorrow and is told, “Sure, but it might be different tomorrow.” The soft pencil and pastel illustrations against a light beige background perfectly capture the woodland setting and the tone of the story.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This would make for a soothing bedtime story.  A nice addition to stories about the moon to pair with Franks Asch’s Moon Bear and Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes.  Children who love mysteries will enjoy trying to figure out the answer.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it?   Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review:  7/30/17             

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