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Waiting For Later

By Tina Matthews

Later never seems to come soon enough! But sometimes waiting for later can be full of surprises.

Even though Nancy is big, one day she feels small. She asks her mum, brother, cousin, aunt and grandfather to play with her. They re all busy and inevitably reply, Later. So Nancy climbs a tree in her backyard to wait for later, and imagines playing the games her family doesn t have time for. When later arrives, it s her family who wonder where Nancy s got to.

  • Fantastic new title from award-winning author-illustrator, Tina Matthews
  • Explores universal themes of family relationships and children s imaginative play
  • Beautiful colour and silhouette illustrations created with Japanese wood cuts and stencils

About the author

Tina Matthews was born and raised in New Zealand and now lives in Sydney where she works as a writer and illustrator, and as a visiting author in schools and libraries. She illustrates her books in a variety of ways, from Japanese woodblock to Adobe Photoshop. In 2008, her previous title Out of the Egg won the Best First Book Award at the New Zealand Post Book Awards and was listed as a CBCA Notable Book. Waiting for Later was short-listed for the 2011 Queensland Premier's Literary Awards, Children's Book - Mary Ryan's Award. Also, in 2012 it was a finalist in the New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards, Picture Books category, and the LIANZA Awards. A Great Cake was a finalist in the 2013 New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards, Picture Books category, and won the LIANZA Russell Clark Award for illustration. Tina has worked as a puppet maker and writer in children's theatre and television for 25 years, including for ABC TV's Bananas in Pyjamas and The Ferals, The Upside Down Show and Jim Henson's Labyrinth. She has taught puppetry at NIDA for many years in the Bachelor of Fine Arts course and is the designer and producer of the bestselling Black and White Baby Mobile for newborn babies. For more information about the author please visit


2012: New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards

Picture Books category - Finalist

2012: LIANZA Children’s Book Awards


2011: Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards


ISBN: 9781921720055
Distributor: Harper Collins Distribution Services for Australia and New Zealand
Binding: NON S
Release Date: May 1, 2011
Dimensions: 209 x 208mm, 32pp
Stock Status: STOCK
Australian RRP: $24.99
New Zealand RRP: $27.99
Stock Level: In Stock

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