The illustrations in this small, square picture book are breathtaking. The book was first published in Japan in 2002. Sakai uses acrylic and oil pencils to draw a toddler chasing a variety of animal life (butterfly, lizard, worm, cat), and calling after each, "Wait! Wait!," but never catching his/her targets. At the end a parent comes, sweeps the child up and takes the child on a new adventure, saying "Here we go!" The toddler could be any child, and I think that's one of the things I like best about the book--the child looks and feels realistic. This book earned starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and School Library Journal, and I recommend it for parents to share with their young children, as well as for beginning readers.
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