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Mr. Chas & Lisa Sue Meet the Pandas Hardcover – October 4, 1994


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Hardcover: 60 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books; First Edition edition (October 4, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679860525
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679860525
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #951,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Just as hidden caves lie in the forest and treasures twinkle on the ocean floor, secret passageways surely await discovery in New York City's grand apartment buildings. Cultural commentator Lebowitz and architect/Princeton professor Graves-in an eyebrow-raising, distinguished collaboration-lend a sophisticated uptown mood to this curiouser and curiouser story of two precocious seven-year-olds. When bookwormish narrator Mr. Chas and his extroverted neighbor, Lisa Sue, step through a door in Lisa Sue's pantry, they enter a "particularly empty" hallway that is "as long as a whole highway." Moments later, they startle two giant pandas, who introduce themselves as Pandemonium and Don't Panda to Public Taste. These black-and-white creatures, it seems, are weary of their seclusion (they can only go out in public disguised as dogs), and seek greener pastures in Paris. Mr. Chas and Lisa Sue devise a classic solution: they stage a panda race to raise funds for the pandas' plane fare. Scattered throughout are Graves's unobtrusively gentle, smudgy line drawings of the children, the pandas and, of course, architectural motifs. This dryly funny fantasy infuses historic urban buildings with the glamour and intrigue of fairy-tale castles. Ages 7-12.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 1-4?Sophisticated adults' visions of precocious children's adventures tend to be more appealing to sophisticated adults than to real youngsters. That's just the case in Lebowitz's first children's book, in which Mr. Chas, a seven-year-old Manhattanite, narrates what happens when he and his friend Lisa Sue discover two pandas behind a hidden door in her pantry. The pandas, "Pandemonium" and "Don't Panda to Public Taste," long to live urban lives and eat city food, but fear being put in the zoo. Disguising themselves as dogs won't help, since animals are not allowed in museums or restaurants. Their dream, therefore, is to move to Paris, where "dogs can go anywhere," and Mr. Chas and Lisa Sue set out to raise money for their trip. Unfortunately, they're unable to come up with the necessary funds. But luckily, Lisa Sue's father happens to be going to France and agrees to take the pandas. Lebowitz's style is artfully rambling as Mr. Chas airs his impressive vocabulary and his interpretations of why things are as they are. The fantasy is no more convincing than the children. With her deliberately arch style, the author has created an odd look at unsupervised bright youngsters. While Graves's pen-and-charcoal illustrations of the locale, the children, and the pandas in disguise are charming, the overall effect of the book is cloying.?Anne Connor, Los Angeles Public Library
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Xeroxcat on September 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I would like to say that I had this book read to me from preschool to 1st grade, and it was quite possibly my favorite book. the complex language and odd subtopics filled me with wonder (reading a dictionary, common sense) and the surreal world gave me plenty to dream about throughout all my childhood. While there was quite a long time before the pandas became part of the story, that was not important to me. Even Mr. Chas and Lisa Sue's dynamics were interesting alone. I feel like many adults don't think children react well to complexity, but I feel like, at least for me, the complex things I learned about as a child filled me with wonder, and made me feel smart when I learned how they worked. I am disappointed this book has so little recognition.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ILDS on December 26, 2011
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Cute story. Arrived in good shape. By a very interesting Author, Fran Liebowitz.I have also purchased through AMAZON another book by this author and was very happy with that purchase. She's a very bright woman and author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joan C. Batista on August 18, 2013
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She wrote a kid's book, so I had to read it. She says she is the least published well-known author, therefore, I must
read everything she does publish. Rather tongue-in-cheek, but fun
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jorge Figueroa on September 23, 2013
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Ms. Lebowitz is such a great writer. I purchased this book for my 2 year old nephew, but was compelled to read it myself. It was enjoyable and it had lessons to learn about life and people, especially the advanced vocabulary words to learn. I would highly recommend this book.
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