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Chu's Day Board Book Board book – June 24, 2014
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PreS—The orderly routine of Chu's daily life, which include a trip to the library and lunch at a diner, is upended when the adorable little panda sneezes. Rex's gorgeous, rich illustrations depict an enchantingly old-fashioned world of hilariously anthropomorphized beasts. The satisfying chaos that ensues when an "Achoo!" turns everything upside down will have readers giggling again and again.
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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Gifting idea: pair it with a stuffed panda. I see amazon is selling an official Chu bear, but any panda would do. Ikea has one right now that is adorable and looks just like Chu.
I think that this book works to present the character ( like a promo) and the rest of the collection will have more of a story line.
What a simple, beautiful book! My sons ask me to read it over and over. Every “Aaah, aaah, aaah… no” has them cracking up, every time! Less than 200 words, and every one has impact.
The illustrations are just incredible. Every time we read it we notice something else - the cockroach family, the card catalog cubicles, the engrossed fox who DGAF, the unimpressed hipster camel. There’s so much thoughtful detail.
Thank you, Mr. Gaiman and Mr. Rex, for helping me foster a love of reading in my kids.
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.