PreS-K-In these French imports, a nameless boy anxiously awaits his parent. My Daddy's Footsteps finds a boy and his mother poised at the dinner table. The anxious child thinks of possible reasons to explain his father's absence, such as, "Is he stuck in a snowstorm? Did a witch turn him into a frog?" Happily, footsteps soon announce Daddy's arrival. In My Mommy's Hands, the child lies in bed, waiting for his mother to bid him goodnight. While he waits, his mind wanders through various unlikely scenarios to explain her whereabouts: "Did she run off to climb Mount Everest? Kiss an alien?" At last he hears the bedroom door's knob turn and his mommy enters the room for a hug. In both books, subdued watercolor spreads depict the possibilities. Anna Dewdney's Llama Llama Red Pajama (Viking, 2005) and Sally Gardner's Mama, Don't Go Out Tonight (Bloomsbury, 2002) are livelier offerings for imaginative young worrywarts.-Laura Butler, Mount Laurel Library, NJ Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.