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Author: Underwood, Deborah
A narrator's story is disrupted by the main character (Panda) who refuses to play the part.
Kirkus Reviews (02/01/19)
School Library Journal (04/01/19)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/05/19)
The Hornbook (00/05/19)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 04/01/2019 PreS-Gr 2-An unseen narrator begins recounting a tale about "a panda who lived in a beautiful bamboo grove." When it comes time to introduce a problem, the laid-back panda denies this narrative claim. The disgruntled narrator lays down the rules and volleys a series of conflict-probing questions to no avail. While lounging on a hammock, the untroubled panda has a revelation and turns the storytelling tables. With the editorial reins now firmly in his paw, the bear riles up the narrator with annoying antics like playing the banjo, singing "The Bamboo Burp Song," and sailing to Antarctica. Marks's colored pencil cartoon illustrations humorously capture the mischievous glint in the panda's eyes, and are full of zany details like a jellybean rainstorm and a trio of purple puffball aliens. The clever conflict resolution will surely inspire readers to become "story experts." VERDICT Superb comedic pacing and belly-laugh-inducing dialogue make this a metafictional storytime standout.-Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ont. - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.