Chu's Day by Neil Gaiman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I read this to evaluate whether I wanted to give it to one of my five nephews for Christmas, and which one. I found it a cute story, one my sister might actually enjoy reading aloud.
Like most picture books, the story is simple: Chu is a panda, out doing fun things. At each place where he stops, he starts to sneeze, and his parents brace themselves. But it doesn't happen. Then, at the very end, he finally does sneeze, and it brings chaos to all of the places he visited earlier in the day.
The text is minimal, and there's a handful of pages that lack words entirely. This would give a child reading it along with a parent a better chance to engage in the story, as they could narrate what they see on the page.
The illustrations are vivid and nicely done. The book is eye-catching, and I can see it becoming a favorite among those who've read it.
I will be picking this up for one of my nephews. Even if my sister doesn't like reading it aloud, I will.
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