When a little girl is ready to go play in the park, nothing will stop her. Nothing, that is but her next-door neighbors who always have to talk to her two moms. Oh sure, her little brother does not seem to understand the dire need to “get going” but she does. And while she tries to be the best “waiter” ever, she knows My Parents Won’t Stop Talking! until the talking is done and that could take a very long time and is not sure she will make it!
A story about patience by Emma Hunsinger and illustrations by Tillie Walden, this book has both its “that is very annoying” moments and “oh boy is that relatable” moments. Every adult had that moment as a child, standing there, waiting for their parent(s) to stop talking about boring adult things. Who cares about articles you read, or people you (the child) do not know? You need to get to that park and do some sliding, and water flashing your kid brother and fun that can only be had in a park.
And the adults reading will get a kick out of some of the side humor (the next-door neighbors are really groovy hippies and just found some gluten-free crystals, and the moms at the end echo our little girls’ feelings of talking).
The illustrations are simple cartoon images. They show the things in the park in familiar formats, even if people are not exactly realistic looking. The bold choice of bright yellow sunflower pants leaps off the page, while details fill in the blanks where needed.