Synopses & Reviews
Hooray! You're finally here! But where were you? A bunny bounces through a range of emotions in this funny picture book about how difficult it is to wait. At first he's ecstatic that you, the reader, has arrived. But then he can't help letting you know that waiting for you took too long, was way too boring, and even became insulting. The bunny is ready to forgive everything if you will promise to stay. But hold on--he has to take a phone call. Wait! Come back !Where are you going? Underneath this book's silly, in-your-face humor are feelings true to every child who has had to wait for someone's attention.
"The title is the accusation/declaration hurled by a mercurial bunny who's peeved that he's been made to wait for readers to show up. 'Do you know how RUDE it is to make me wait?' demands the bunny of his audience, as Watt splits her page into four instructional frames. 'As rude as talking with my mouth full... As rude as sticking gum under the sofa... As rude as running on carpet with muddy feet... As rude as making faces behind someone's back.' (Perceptive readers will recognize that many of the bunny's similes feature common childhood transgressions.) But the bunny, vacillating between anger and apology, is hardly a paragon of polite behavior ('BUT SERIOUSLY, WHERE WERE YOU?' he screams, just one page after cheering readers with a cake, banner, pennant, and dance). And like the rest of the world, he can't resist taking a phone call ('Sure, I'm free to talk they can wait'). Combining Watt's considerable gifts for metanarrative, social satire, outsize characters, and manic cartooning in one wonderfully silly tale, this is another keeper from a consistently funny talent. Ages 3 6. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Hooray! You're finally here!" Bunny exclaims from the first page of this young picture book. Then his mood changes: "Where have you been?" Bunny goes on to demonstrate the many reasons why it is rude to keep someone waiting. Just when it looks as though he has convinced the reader to stay, he takes a cell phone call! This silly book captures the way kids feel about being at the mercy of other people's busy schedules.