Waiting for Gregory

Waiting for Gregory Cover

Waiting for Gregory

By Kimberly Willis Holt; Gabi Swiatkowska (Illustrator)

Henry Holt & Company, Hardcover, 9780805073881, 32pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2006


The first picture book from National Book Award winner Kimberly Willis Holt
"When exactly" is cousin Gregory going to be born? asks little Iris. Each family member has a different answer to her question. While she's waiting for what seems like forever, Iris thinks about all the exciting things she and her new cousin will someday do together. And given Iris' vibrant imagination, there's no telling what to expect. National Book Award winner Kimberly Willis Holt offers a unique take on some of the traditional and not-so-traditional myths surrounding a baby's arrival, with an extra layer of imagination added by Gabi Swiatkowska's fresh and whimsical paintings.

About the Author
Kimberly Willis Holt is the author of the Piper Reed series, including "Piper Reed, Navy Brat", "Piper Reed, Clubhouse Queen", and "Piper Reed, Rodeo Star". She has written many award-winning novels, including "The Water Seeker" and "My Louisiana Sky", as well as the picture books "Waiting for Gregory" and "Skinny Brown Dog". A former Navy brat herself, Holt was born in Pensacola, Florida, and lived all over the U.S. and the world from Paris to Norfolk to Guam to New Orleans. Holt long dreamed of being a writer, but first worked as a radio news director, marketed a water park, and was an interior decorator, among other jobs. A few years after she started writing, her third book, "When Zachary Beaver Came to Town", won a National Book Award for Young People's Literature. She resides in West Texas with her family.

Gabi Swiatkowska, a winner ofthe Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award, has illustrated many beautiful books for children, including My Name isYoon by Helen Recorvits. She lives in France.

Praise For Waiting for Gregory

"Gorgeous to look at."
--The New York Times "Swiatkowska ... elegantly muses on the elasticity of time and the mystery of gestation.... This is one for all ages."
--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) "This child’s-eye take on the passage of time is concrete and comforting."
--Kirkus Reviews "There is more to discover with each viewing."
--School Library Journal "The mix of the everyday and the magical from the child's viewpoint captures the longing, mystery, and joy."