Waiting by Kevin Henkes Book Review

Waiting by Kevin Henkes
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Release Date: September 1, 2015

An owl, a puppy, a bear, a rabbit, and a pig all sit arranged on a child's windowsill--waiting. The owl is waiting for the moon. The pig waits for rain. Bear is waiting for the wind. Puppy snow. And rabbit just enjoys looking out the window because he enjoys waiting.

Sometimes there are stories in which nothing really happens. Of course, in a book about waiting one does expect there to be a bit of a drawn out conclusion. Unlike Toy Story this menagerie of knick knacks seem to be happy with their lot in live, content sitting on a windowsill. This is what I would consider a "quiet book", a term I usually reserve for books that end up as Newbery award winners and nominees. Nothing happens until the very end and even then the conclusion isn't very exciting. It is a wonderful notion to think of toys as being alive, but it turns out the toys in this child's bedroom look like they are grandma's hand-me-downs and boring to boot.