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Chu's Day Hardcover – January 8, 2013
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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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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.)
One of the best parts of children's books is when they have fun, repetitive wording or sound effects, so you can really get into the reading. At the beginning, this book seems to go for that. Chu continuously threatens to sneeze with an, "Ah... AH... AHHHH..." and then a cheerful, "Nope."
When he finally does sneeze, however (spoiler alert?), it's really hard to read because there are NO WORDS WHATSOEVER -- just three pages of destruction. That's funny, but how am I supposed to narrate that? Do I just turn the pages silently? Shriek, "OH MY GOSH, LOOK, HE BROKE THE CIRCUS!"? Just yell "CHOOOOOOOO" as I flip past the destroyed buildings?
Don't get me wrong, I am all for adding to the experience by adding my own narration, but I would really prefer if there was already a bit of narration to build off. I know you shouldn't expect too much from children's books, but I felt like it was really building up to something.
However, this is still a cute book. The illustrations are gorgeous and detailed (you can spend a lot of time just pointing out all the animals in each scene), and it definitely holds kids' attentions. I just wish it had a little more to read.
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.
I'm sure some of that is how we're reading it, but this book is an absolute joy to read to him... which is a good thing since my son demands it be read at least twice nightly.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nice children's story. Quick read. Great art. Neil is one of my favorite writers. Only thing better than reading one of his books, is to get the audio version and have him read... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Kenneth A. Price
I'd been holding off on this, despite being a huge Neil Gaiman fan, but finally bit the bullet because my niece is finally (FINALLY!) old enough to enjoy it. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Sabrina Lee
My daughter loves the suspense of this book (will he or will he not sneeze) and hearing mommy make sneezing sounds. All of Chu's adventures are fantastic. The art is beautiful.Published 29 days ago by Cynthia G.
Short but sweet. The illustrations are amazing an very professional, like paintings. Bad things happen when Chu sneezes and he sneezes. Its not actually a complex plot. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Vanessa Bettencourt
Although I like this book, I'm giving it one star because this book copies a story from the famous Richard Scarry book Busy, Busy, World. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Like all parents, we read a LOT of children's books, and I am also a longtime fan of Gaiman's comics and fiction, but this book is an embarrassment. Read morePublished 3 months ago by J_daum
Love Neil Gaiman, and this book doesn't disappoint. Chu is adorable, and the story is pretty funny. Love the beautiful illustrations. This is the best in the series. Read morePublished 5 months ago by B.K.