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Cute, but not that fun to read
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.