Book Review: You're Finally Here! by Mélanie Watt

by DerdriuMarriner

You're Finally Here! by Mélanie Watt does the charming equivalent of book customer and reader appreciation with a winsomely honest bunny for readers aged 3 to 6 years.

All good things arrive to those who wait:

Bilingual Canadian artist, designer, illustrator, and jacket artist Mélanie Watt of the province of Québec adds a big-eyed, blunt-talking, bushy-eyebrowed, cream-coated, hyper-active, large-headed, pink-nosed, straight-eared bunny to her cast of such English- and French-speaking winsome characters as:
• Al Foxwood the salesman (Al Leruzé le bon vendeur);
• Augustine the South Pole penguin (Augustine la manchotte du pôle sud);
• Leon the chameleon (Léon le caméléon); and
• Scaredy the flying squirrel (Frisson l’écureuil volant).

The tenacious rabbit brings readers experiences with first-person narration. So the style of the energetic art and straightforward text contrasts with the amicable omniscience of the third-person narratives in Leon’s and Scaredy’s life stories. It therefore dovetails with the autobiographical extracts shared by Al and Augustine.

*****

Websites:
http://melaniewatt.blogspot.com/p/did-you-know_12.html
http://www.kidscanpress.com/creators/m%C3%A9lanie-watt/223

*****

Mélanie Watt's bunny puts wait-time to good use with such endeavors as extricating a needle from a haystack.

University of Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, East Midlands, England
University of Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, East Midlands, England

Being late causes more problems than it's worth

 

Readers find themselves enthusiastically welcomed by a mariachi-shaking, cartwheeling, ukulele-playing bunny. But excitement and relief over the long-awaited presence give way to exasperation over the inconsiderateness in not advising of the delays. The long-suffering, put-upon bunny indeed has cause for hurt feelings and reason for full disclosure. The wait-time is put to good use since it is sufficiently long to allow:

  • collecting Uncle Vinnie-like dust bunnies;
  • perfecting an accordion solo;
  • retrieving a needle from a haystack; and
  • witnessing a park bench’s new coat of green paint dry.

The procrastination likewise justifies the bunny’s quantifying the boredom in having to wait from simply bored to:

  • very bored;
  • very, very bored;
  • very, very, very bored up to the ears. 

 

Mélanie Watt's efficient bunny collects dust bunnies during wait-time.

Dust Bunny Large Enough To Have a Name: Dustin "Dusty" Harry Ball, rescued in January from merciless suck of the Dyson.
Dust Bunny Large Enough To Have a Name: Dustin "Dusty" Harry Ball, rescued in January from merciless suck of the Dyson.

Nobody expects to wait in technological societies, right?

 

The bunny knows that apologetic explanations mitigate oversights as annoying, rude, and unfair as:

  • being too old or young, too short or tall for something or somewhere;
  • eating vegetables, especially Brussels sprouts;
  • going to bed before feeling tired;
  • hearing one song’s words over and over;
  • joining last when teams are formed;
  • leaving the facilities with toilet paper stuck to foot or shoe soles;
  • making faces when someone’s back is turned;
  • muddying carpets and floors;
  • owning an itchy sweater;
  • sticking gum on the undersides of furniture;
  • talking while drinking or eating;
  • training a pet rock.

But few interactions leave one feeling accountable to another for anything other than “I apologize!” or “I’m sorry!” Expectations therefore must be redefined. 

 

Mélanie Watt's bunny finds more and more ways to stay occupied during wait-time, such as training a pet rock.

Cover of a Pet Rock box: Pet Rock "Pet Carrier" doubled as packaging.
Cover of a Pet Rock box: Pet Rock "Pet Carrier" doubled as packaging.

What goes around comes around, and vice versa!

 

The gap between what goes around and what comes around initially narrows with the bunny getting contractually recompensed by the late but flea-less, page-turning reader committing to daily carrots and round-the-clock attendance. The bunny then opts for double standards by pursuing cellphone gossip with Vern and Aunt Beatrice.

So You’re Finally Here! provides culturally enriching, educationally entertaining adventures in manners in person and on the telephone to readers from pre-kindergarten to first grade aged 3 to 6 years thanks to:

  • Mélanie Watt, author as well as illustrator and jacket artist and designer uniquely (and impressively) by way of the computer and therefore without her signature acrylic and charcoal pencil artistry; and
  • Walt Disney – Hyperion Books for Children.  

 

You're Finally Here! by Mélanie Watt ~ available via Amazon

Hooray! You're finally here! But where were you? A bunny bounces through a range of emotions in this funny picture book about how difficult it is to wait.
Mélanie Watt stories

Acknowledgment

 

My special thanks to:

  • Talented artists and photographers/concerned organizations who make their fine images available on the Internet;
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University for superior on-campus and on-line resources.

 

Mélanie Watt's bunny engages in sticky habit of gumming the undersides of tables during wait-times.

gum gallery: Nassau Community College, Garden City, western Long Island, southeastern New York
gum gallery: Nassau Community College, Garden City, western Long Island, southeastern New York

Sources Consulted: You're Finally Here! Sells in English and French

 

Watt, Mélanie. 2011. You're Finally Here! New York, NY: Disney-Hyperion Books. 

 

Among scenarios for learning manners which Mélanie Watt's bunny tackles is the unfortunately humorous duet of toilet paper with shoes.

red high heels and toilet paper : muni awning, mission district, san francisco (2012)
red high heels and toilet paper : muni awning, mission district, san francisco (2012)
the end which is also the beginning
the end which is also the beginning

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Updated: 03/17/2015, DerdriuMarriner
 
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