This book is absolutely lovely. It is also nothing like what I expected -- apparently there is a whole Kevin Henkes world that we need to discover. We know and love Henkes from Chrysanthemum, Owen, Lilly, Wemberly; you know, his wonderful mice. Those books are funny, both in the text and in the pictures, and a little bit silly, but also sweet, loving, and wonderful for children who are facing transitions or who worry. As Kindergarten begins this month, we've been reading them non-stop at our house. Waiting is, in many ways, completely different from those books. Visually it is in a different style, and it is lovely. Breathtaking. Sweet. Timeless. In the mice books, I enjoyed the illustrations as part of the story, but here in Waiting, I enjoy the illustrations on their own. As for the story, there is a little humor, but it's much subtler; I smiled but I didn't laugh. There is not a central character with a trial to overcome or a milestone to reach. It is a calm story with not a whole lot going on. And this is why I feel, at root, it fits in with the Henkes' work we know and love. After reading Waiting, I immediately bought it, because it is so perfect to read with my little ones in this September of school transitions, tiredness, and stress. It is relaxing and lovely. Both my brand-new preschooler and my brand-new Kindergartner recommend this book.