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|Chu's first day of school|
Author: Gaiman, Neil
On the first day of school, a young panda learns about the special things his animal classmates can do.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 1.80
Points: .5 Quiz: 170078
Kirkus Reviews (06/01/14)
School Library Journal (07/01/14)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 04/15/2014 Chu (first introduced in Chu’s Day, 2013) is a little panda with a big sneeze. When the time comes to go to school, Chu is nervous. The teacher is nice, and the other animals are friendly, but what will they make of his sneeze? As the rest of the class introduces themselves and shares their individual skills and talents, Chu is silent—until a cloud of chalk dust sets him off. His “AAaachooooooooo!” blows the roof of the schoolhouse right off. But the class takes the sinus explosion in stride, and Chu relaxes; things are going to be fine. Gaiman keeps Chu’s “talent” a secret, building tension leading up to the sneeze, and when it comes, Rex handles the big moment wordlessly. A pair of almost identical spreads show the tumbled, upside-down classroom, but while the first spread shows the other animals in stunned, post-sneeze silence, the second shows them erupting in enthusiastic support. Children apprehensive about how their own individualities will be met at school will find raucous, joyful comfort.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Chu’s first outing became a New York Times best-seller, and his fans (and newcomers) will be lining up for this sequel. - Copyright 2014 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 07/01/2014 PreS-K—First introduced in Chu's Day (HarperCollins, 2012), the adorable, rotund little panda with the big sneeze here takes on a big milestone: his first day at school. Initially nervous and subdued as he watches his classmates discuss their special talents, Chu soon realizes that he, too, has something unique to share with his new friends and teacher. Once again, Rex's rich, painterly illustrations, characterized by deep, vibrant hues and rendered in oil and mixed media on board, dominate this quirky work. The contrast between the more serious tone of the images and the chaos introduced by Chu's famous sneeze, brought on by a dusty chalkboard, will delight children. Though the topic is familiar—a bad case of nerves before the first day is well-trod territory—and the story itself is on the spare side, readers will enjoy this humorous take on the subject. As with the first book, there's plenty of detail in the artwork, and children will love the appealing animals depicted: eagles, snakes, monkeys, and more. A charming title that is sure to leave kids wanting more—more Chu and more readings of this whimsical tale.—Mahnaz Dar, School Library Journal - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.