Reviews for You're Finally Here!


Booklist Reviews 2011 April #2
Author-illustrator Watt has created many amusing books about books, including Chester's Masterpiece (2010, in which a pet cat takes over the storytelling) and Have I Got a Book for You! (2009, featuring a comical salesman). Here, starting with the title, a rabbit exuberantly greets the reader. But then, in a nice twist that many children will appreciate, he turns on his reader and sternly asks, "BUT WHERE WERE YOU?" He tries to convey how annoying it is to be kept waiting, and many readers will relate at the same time they're enjoying Watt's bright, bouncy, autumn-colored cartoon illustrations. Eventually, the rabbit agrees to stop berating the reader if he or she will sign a contract agreeing to stay with the bunny forever. Then he proceeds to have an extended phone conversation with his aunt Beatrice. The last page ("WAIT! . . . WAS IT SOMETHING I SAID?") is a witty reminder about the fickleness of attention spans. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Fall
A wide-eyed, insistent rabbit begins the direct-address story on the book's cover, exclaiming to readers: "You're finally here!" The text continues in this vein, with Rabbit asking rhetorical questions ("Do you know how BORED I get when I'm waiting?"), creating a playful read-aloud experience. The digital-looking illustrations are appropriately done in understated carrot-y hues. Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Kirkus Reviews 2011 February #2
"You're finally here!" Bunny shouts; his excitement knows no bounds until he thinks to demand, "But where were you?" Testily, he lets readers know how long he's been waiting and how totally bored he got (the bore-o-meter reads, "Bored up to my ears!!!"). Concerned they might be getting off on the wrong foot, he moves back to celebration! Until he asks, "But seriously, where were you?" and he lectures readers on unfairness…and lets them know how annoying it is to have to wait…and just how rude they've been. He's willing to forgive and forget—if readers are willing to sign a contract stating they'll stay "forever and ever." Just as he starts to celebrate the signing of the contract, his cell phone rings. It's a call he has to take; "hold that thought.... No, no, I'm not busy at all...." Watt introduces another saucy critter to the fourth-wall–breaking menagerie that includes her own Chester the cat and Mo Willems' Pigeon and adds a pointed lecture on cell-phone etiquette to the book-about-a-book conceit. The computer-generated bunny is in-your-face, manga adorable, but as the page compositions largely consist of Bunny alternately glaring and grinning at readers against a wood-grained background and speech balloons, a certain tedium develops before the twist at the end. A good-but-not-great entry in the meta–picture-book genre. (Picture book. 3-6) Copyright Kirkus 2011 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2011 January #2

The title is the accusation/declaration hurled by a mercurial bunny who's peeved that he's been made to wait for readers to show up. "Do you know how RUDE it is to make me wait?" demands the bunny of his audience, as Watt splits her page into four instructional frames. "As rude as talking with my mouth full... As rude as sticking gum under the sofa... As rude as running on carpet with muddy feet... As rude as making faces behind someone's back." (Perceptive readers will recognize that many of the bunny's similes feature common childhood transgressions.) But the bunny, vacillating between anger and apology, is hardly a paragon of polite behavior ("BUT SERIOUSLY, WHERE WERE YOU?" he screams, just one page after cheering readers with a cake, banner, pennant, and dance). And like the rest of the world, he can't resist taking a phone call ("Sure, I'm free to talk--they can wait"). Combining Watt's considerable gifts for metanarrative, social satire, outsize characters, and manic cartooning in one wonderfully silly tale, this is another keeper from a consistently funny talent. Ages 3-6. (Mar.)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2011 March

PreS-Gr 2--A demanding bunny is livid. He's been waiting impatiently for readers to open his book. "Do you know how long I've been waiting in here?" "Do you know how annoying it is to have to wait?" "Where were you all this time???" He does think that children have good qualities, though. He likes that they are flealess and good, steady page-turners. Their arrival is celebrated with cake, music, and cartwheels. There is even a contract ready for them to sign, promising they'll stay forever. Before they can sign it, though, the bunny is interrupted. His cell phone rings. As his conversation with Vern leads into another with Aunt Beatrice, he forgets about his guests. The contract, which he was just holding, is now on the floor. As readers turn to the last page, the bunny is puzzled by his friends' departure. He wonders where they're going. "Was it something I said? Seriously, is there a number where I can reach you?" Full-page cartoon art often faces four framed illustrations, giving the bunny's examples of how unfair and boring and rude it is to be kept waiting. Children will delight in being part of this amusing story and enjoy seeing the tables turned as the bunny exhibits rude and unacceptable behavior. The stylized figure has a large oval head and round eyes, and the endpapers are embellished with a carrot design.--Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada

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