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Chu's Day Hardcover – January 8, 2013


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 210L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition edition (January 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062017810
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062017819
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 8.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreS-K-A sweet, playful tale about a small panda with an extraordinary knack for inadvertently causing trouble. Chu's parents take him on several outings one day, frequently pausing to check that the youngster doesn't have to sneeze because, as the narrator warns, "When Chu sneezed, bad things happened." Though the dusty books at the library and pepper-infused air of a restaurant don't bring on a sneezing attack, the circus results in one that not only brings down the big-top tent, but also causes pandemonium throughout the town. Despite the simple story and unembellished text, there's more than enough in the art to keep readers engaged. A roly-poly panda in aviator glasses and a green-striped T-shirt, wide-eyed Chu cuts a comically endearing figure as he contorts his body and facial expressions in anticipation of a sneeze. The locations depicted in these richly saturated painted spreads have an old-fashioned flavor, and vintage touches are visible throughout: the pillbox hat his mother sports, card catalogs at the library, a gumball machine at the diner. These prim, orderly settings are the perfect setup for the chaos that Chu introduces, and there's a mischievous sense of humor that results from placing exotic anthropomorphic animals (squids, narwhals, giraffes, wombats) onto these decidedly conventional backdrops. While children will delight in seeing such a tiny creature wreak havoc, the story still concludes on a reassuring note, with Chu's parents gently tucking him in. A small but delightful dose of fun.-Mahnaz Dar, School Library Journalα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

This slight but cute picture book from New York Times best-selling author Gaiman introduces a little panda named Chu (as in the ending sound of a sneeze). Chu’s sneezes “cause bad things to happen,” which is a problem when the tyke goes out in public. At the library, surrounded by a musty old-book smell, Chu’s mother asks, “Are you going to sneeze?” He responds with an “aah-aaah-Aaaah” that is followed by “‘No,’ says Chu.” False alarm. At the diner with his father, there’s pepper aplenty in the air, and Chu’s father asks the big question, but it’s also met with a no. While the joke perhaps doesn’t go on long enough before the circus-themed punch line, kids will find the idea of a monstrous sneeze funny, and it may prompt some attempts of their own. Rex’s richly detailed illustrations are brimming with fantastic touches, from teeny-tiny mice on their teeny-tiny computers (sitting in card catalog drawers!) to a koala bear acrobat at the circus to Chu’s penchant for aviation goggles. Share this one at toddler storytime for lots of giggles, or one-on-one for spotting details in the art. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Anything Gaiman writes is noteworthy; after all, he is the New York Times best-selling author of The Graveyard Book (2008), winner of the Newbery award, and Coraline, among others. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Ann Kelley

More About the Author

I make things up and write them down. Which takes us from comics (like SANDMAN) to novels (like ANANSI BOYS and AMERICAN GODS) to short stories (some are collected in SMOKE AND MIRRORS) and to occasionally movies (like Dave McKean's MIRRORMASK or the NEVERWHERE TV series, or my own short film A SHORT FILM ABOUT JOHN BOLTON).

In my spare time I read and sleep and eat and try to keep the blog at www.neilgaiman.com more or less up to date.

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Customer Reviews

This is a terrific little book with amazing, rich illustrations and a short, funny story.
R. Fallbeck
This being Neil Gaiman, I was expecting a little more, but I guess if I had understood that this was a little kids kid's book, it's simplicity would not have mattered.
Books Before Bed
My son has had this book for over a year and he still falls out of my lap laughing, every time we read it.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kerry Steinmann on January 11, 2013
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I got this book delivered the day it came out. My toddler class is picky about their books. They love saying Ahhh Ahhhhh Ahhhhhhh.... NO! It's great and repetitive enough for little kids. I'm very happy with this purchase.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mathew Reuther on January 14, 2013
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I'm Neil Gaiman fan from way back, and when I heard that he was bringing out an actual children's book (as opposed to some of the work he has done for kids, which are for children a bit older than my 20 month old) I had to have a copy.

This is a wonderful story. Simple and relatable. (So much so, in fact, that the reason I remembered to turn around and head for the bookstore was my daughter pretending to sneeze of her own accord.)

It's not long, so it makes a great bedtime read. It's beautifully illustrated. Adam Rex is a talent and a half, and brings nuance to every page. (I hope he's being well-compensated, because no offense to Mr. Gaiman, it's the illustrations that seal this as a five-star effort.)

Buy this book for your child. Or for yourself if you're just a Gaiman collector. (But Neil insists that you read it to a child . . . borrow one maybe. Generally parents of young children are happy to give them away for a chance to get out to a film, for instance. I know I am.)

But seriously.

Buy it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Fowlkes on January 10, 2013
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I read this book to my five kids immediately upon its arrival. They all enjoyed it, but the 5 year old and the 2 year old completely LOVED it -- they were hooting with laughter.

Unfortunately, the pages in the copy of the book that I received from Amazon were wrinkled and warped. (The cover and dust jacket were fine, suggesting that the pages got wet before they were bound into the covers.) I went through the Amazon exchange process. The new book arrived today and, sadly, the pages are identically wrinkled and water damaged.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. Fleming on March 30, 2013
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My 24-month old granddaughter loves it... has been walking around for 2 days saying "Chu! Chu! Chu!" (or "...choo ...choo! ...choo!"; who knows? :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Fallbeck on March 28, 2013
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This is a terrific little book with amazing, rich illustrations and a short, funny story. The rhythm of the text is simple but engaging, the language is clever, and the expressions of the characters are priceless. My daughter, who is 2-and-a-half, loves it. She asks us to read it to her several times each day and even recites the story as she looks through the pictures on her own. This book has held her attention better than nearly any other on her shelf, and she has many.

I would say that the ideal ages for Chu's Day are 2-3 years. However, the intricate and engrossing illustrations will keep the attention of much older "kids." I continue to find new (and funny) things on every page.

A beautiful, fun book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wesley C Sands on April 15, 2014
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Love Neil Gaiman's work, but this book is extremely short and lacking in substance. The whole thing is very anti-climactic. Not what I would expect from a great writer even if it is a children's book. I could have written this book in an hour.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Talia on July 30, 2013
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This is a children's picture book, but it's Neil Gaiman, so I had to sit down and read it. The fantastical author has woven yet another magical tale, this time featuring a little panda with a powerful sneeze.

It's whimsical, easily relatable, and I only wish I'd been able to read it to my six-year-old nephew before he returned home.

Children will adore it and adults will enjoy reading it themselves or especially to a young child.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cookie on March 15, 2013
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My 6-month-old LOVES this book. I wasn't surprised that he loved the sneezing, but he's fascinated by the illustrations in between, and he's not a kid who's always willing to sit through a book. This one has consistently maintained his attention. It's a very simple story that might not hold older readers' attention, but the illustrations are so beautiful and complex that an older child would enjoy discussing them as you read.
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