Finally FINALLY in June I was able to get this book and I could read it! I have had my eye on this book for almost a year but Amazon either didn’t have it in stock or it was just a bit too much. But then I could finally read it. And yes, it took a bit longer, but here is my review. If I hadn’t had my vacation in August (with just a few select posts) I would have posted this earlier.
In this book we meet a girl named Molly! She is superduper excited because today TODAY is the day for going to the park! She has big plans and she is looking forward to meeting her friends there. But what happens when she, her little brother, and their moms walk out and HELLO neighbours? Well, that is the start of a hilarious, funny, relatable, wonderful story. I just loved how Molly at first was like NOOOO, then calmed down, tried to find her zen a bit more, then just got frustrated again (just like you get to see on the cover). She really went through several stages of My Parents Won’t Stop Talking and I was just laughing so hard. Not just because it was wonderfully told/illustrated but also because it is so relatable! While I don’t remember everything from my youth, I do remember the times you had to wait as the adults were doing something or chatting. ARGH. But, I have to say, this is also kind of how I feel as an adult when I meet a neighbour and they want to talk. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind a chat, but sometimes you just don’t seem to escape that chat while you also have plans. 🤣 So I could well understand Molly, and given the ending, understand the parents.
And I had a laugh how seemingly chill her little brother was. You could really see Molly go through all the emotions and stages, and he was just there. Doing his thing. Unfazed.
I also loved that Molly’s family consisted of her little brother and her two moms! While I see more and more LGBT/non-standard families we still need more of it.
Be sure to check out the end papers! I just love it when picture books have special and fun end papers bringing in even more fun!
And the art! Tillie Walden did it again! I really loved the style and I loved the details. Plus, the facial expressions were just so on point!
All in all, this is a book I would highly recommend. For us adults (who would love to stop talking but it just wouldn’t be polite to ignore neighbours) and the children (those who have to wait “patiently” for parents to be FINALLY done.