Later never seems to come soon enough! But sometimes waiting for later can be full of surprises. New paperback edition.
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.
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. In 2012, it was also a finalist in the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards, Picture Book category, and the LIANZA Awards. A Great Cake was a finalist in the 2013 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards, Picture Book 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 www.ttinamatthews.com
This multi-layered story for young and old is one that is full of the promise of later, while the joy of adventuring now is not underestimated.
Kids' Book Review
The super-talented Tina Matthews has created a story that immediately brings readers into its theme. How many times as adults, have we said the word ‘later’ to our children or others when they’ve asked for something, but we were busy doing something else?
I love this book! … Children will love sitting on your lap and listening to this book.
Literacy, Families and Learning
The New Zealand author, Tina Matthews, a passionate promoter of the Free Range Kids movement seeks to advance her cause in the best of ways, through a simple and warm hearted story of a family.
I love ‘Waiting for Later’ for it’s innovative illustrative style and for its ability to give voice to one of childhoods greatest frustrations – waiting.
Children's Books Daily