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Chu's Day
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on January 14, 2013
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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2013
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 30, 2013
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
on March 28, 2013
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
on March 30, 2015
The premise of this book is really cute. A baby panda with a huge sneezing problem (and a punny name to go with it)? Sounds like a fun read!

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 26, 2015
If I'm being honest here I bought the book because it was written by Neil Gaiman. But truth be told there are barely any words and I don't really get his voice coming through in it at all. Then why did I give the book 5 stars? My 8mo old LOVES this book beyond compare. He fusses and moans till we read it, then once we put it down for a different book he pushes the new book out of the way to try and bang on and pick up Chu. He stares at each page wonderfully illustrated by Adam Rex, and during Chu's "almost" sneezes (ahh, Ahh, AHHH) pages just smiles his butt off and even started making the noise with us while we read!

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 30, 2013
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
on March 15, 2013
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2013
I ordered this book for my 3 year old. He is not a giggler, this book made him giggle like crazy! The book takes minutes to read. If read "dramatically" your child will be in stitches. We have made a car game out of Chu's Day and sneezing. The illustrations are wonderful. I would recommend this book to anyone with a little person in their life!
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2013
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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