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From School Library Journal

PreS-K-A sweet, playful tale about a small panda with an extraordinary knack for inadvertently causing trouble. Chu's parents take him on several outings one day, frequently pausing to check that the youngster doesn't have to sneeze because, as the narrator warns, "When Chu sneezed, bad things happened." Though the dusty books at the library and pepper-infused air of a restaurant don't bring on a sneezing attack, the circus results in one that not only brings down the big-top tent, but also causes pandemonium throughout the town. Despite the simple story and unembellished text, there's more than enough in the art to keep readers engaged. A roly-poly panda in aviator glasses and a green-striped T-shirt, wide-eyed Chu cuts a comically endearing figure as he contorts his body and facial expressions in anticipation of a sneeze. The locations depicted in these richly saturated painted spreads have an old-fashioned flavor, and vintage touches are visible throughout: the pillbox hat his mother sports, card catalogs at the library, a gumball machine at the diner. These prim, orderly settings are the perfect setup for the chaos that Chu introduces, and there's a mischievous sense of humor that results from placing exotic anthropomorphic animals (squids, narwhals, giraffes, wombats) onto these decidedly conventional backdrops. While children will delight in seeing such a tiny creature wreak havoc, the story still concludes on a reassuring note, with Chu's parents gently tucking him in. A small but delightful dose of fun.-Mahnaz Dar, School Library Journalα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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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
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 210L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition edition (January 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062017810
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062017819
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mathew Reuther on January 14, 2013
Format: Hardcover
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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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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It's not really whether we like the book, the test is with the baby of course. For me, I like the detailed artwork that is sparse yet includes all these incredibly small details; I find myself embellishing little side stories and descriptions for everything that is going on on each page. The story is simple but lends itself effectively to a simple repetition until the final blowout sound effect that I encourage all parents to make up for themselves. Our baby actively seeks this book out and has been for the past 2 months. I've even gone as far as customizing a build a bear panda to look like Chu!
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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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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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A Neil Gaiman fan myself, I was excited to see this children's book. My 2.5 yo daughter loves reading the book, enthusiastically screaming "no" and "ACHOO!" at all the right places. She loves discussing all the animals she sees, what they are doing, and how a snake might be holding a book in the library.

We took a trip recently, and this was one of the books that HAD to come in the carry-on. I'm pretty sure the people in the seats around of could have recited the book from memory by the time we landed.
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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. Chu visits several places with his parents and almost sneezes. Very cute. Read it on kindle unlimited. As a fan of Neil Gaiman work I had to take a look.

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.
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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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