Waiting is Not Easy!
by Mo Willems
Hyperion Books for Children, 2014
Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Award
Maybe it’s because ‘waiting’ struck a strong cord with me, but I found “Waiting is Not Easy!” hilarious and read it several times over the course of a week. I read it originally because it won the 2015 Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Award.
The beauty of “Waiting is Not Easy!”, is the words set up the story and the pictures show us the punch lines with humor lavished on each page—they are just plain fun to read!
In studying what makes this books special, I noted it had 57 page books, 25 more pages than the typical picture book. In doing some research, I discovered Willem’s first career was in stand-up comedy, producing videos, and later he was asked to work on PBS’s Sesame Street, where he garnered 6 Emmys. He has a talent of seeing each slight visual change in an interaction, exaggerating it for children (and parents) to enjoy. And he has a talent of bringing humor to the page, through both words and art. This book is great for parents to read to young children 2-4 and perfect for early readers, 4-6.