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A Rave Review from School Library Journal for Waiting in the Wings, illustrated by E.G. Keller

03 Jun 2024
School Library Journal has given a rave review to Waiting in the Wings (Little, Brown) by Julie Andrews, and Emma Walton Hamilton, illustrated by E.G. Keller.
See the full review below!
In this utterly charming picture book, mother-daughter team Andrews and Hamilton tell the story of ducks who hatch their young just outside a theater. Based on true events, the story plays out from the ducks’ perspectives. Mr. Puddleduck is drawn into a love of the stage as he and Mrs. Puddleduck wait for their eggs to hatch. After observing rehearsals day after day, Mr. Puddleduck develops a flair for the dramatic, resulting in an exuberantly theatrical march to the water once the ducklings make their grand entrance. Positive themes of caring and community are woven into the book’s messaging as the theater’s performers and other townspeople drop everything to usher the duck family to safety. Cheerful digital illustrations rendered in a loose, painterly style incorporate dynamic perspectives and angles, complementing the lively tone of the text. Human characters are depicted with a variety of skin tones, ages, and body types. An uplifting author’s note shares the real events that inspired this book and reinforces the story’s central message about the value of introducing children to the arts from a young age. VERDICT A delightful addition to any picture book collection. Animal lovers and theater kids of all ages will eagerly flock to this title.