Wait! by Beck and Matt Stanton

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ABC Books, 2018. ISBN 9780733337970
(Age: 4+) Recommended. Themes: Humour, Waiting. Rather like a child's version of Waiting for Godot, this book makes the reader wait on each page. Instructions of every sort are garnered to make the reader wait. All sorts of excuses are given for not actually beginning, reasons for the moment to be delayed.
It is a funny book, the excuses and reasons paralleling so much that is said by parents, teachers and children during the day, each reminiscent of something once said themselves.
Children will love the humour presented as they recognise the instructions, read the repeated words for themselves, and follow the instructions at the end of the book.
The plain bold print is easy to read; the illustrations using strong colours presented on a white background stand out as kids turn the pages, enticing them with this visually appealing format.
Husband and wife team, Beck and Matt Stanton love to stretch imaginations, love to ignite young minds and make them think about what they are seeing or hearing, but above all to have fun. This is a ball (2015) by the same team caused ripples of laughter as children tuned into the off beat humour.
An unusual offering, an excellent read aloud, funny, questioning and mind boggling at the same time.
Fran Knight