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Kids Read With IBC | Chu’s Day, by Neil Gaiman

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Pandas? Check.

Weird noises to make kids laugh? Check.

Colorful, detailed illustrations to keep everyone interested? Check.

Authored by the same mind who brought us Coraline, American Gods, and Sandman? Check.

Really, what more could you ask for in a picture book?

Chu’s Day, Chu’s Day at the Beach, and Chu’s First Day of School, by Neil Gaiman, chronicle the adventures and catastrophes that await Chu the panda because of his sneezes. In the first book, we see him able to flatten circus tents and uproot diners. At the beach, Chu pulls a Moses and parts the ocean, causing a whale to lament the interruption in his commute. While I have not read about Chu’s first day at school yet– we are saving that one for later– I can only imagine the trouble Chu’s sneezing causes in a classroom.

In my opinion, Neil Gaiman can do no wrong.

He could write an instruction manual for a microwave and I would eagerly pre-order it on Amazon. These books are no different. The stories are short and full of humorous moments. My kid laughs his head off every time Chu sneezes, and we love to look at the illustrations (by the amazing Adam Rex) and point out all of the goofy details. Besides that, the books also show that little kids can be powerful, and that sometimes we need help from our friends to set things right.

These books are must-haves for your picture book collection.

The stories are short but big on silliness and imagination, and unlike some books, cough cough Goodnight Moon cough cough, you don’t want to stab yourself in the eye when your kid asks you to read it for the 100th time.


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About The Author


Caitlin is representing teachers at Imaginary Book Club! She's contributing mostly to our children's book series, Kids Read With IBC, while also sharing her eternal love for all things Harry Potter. Caitlin is an avid reader of graphic novels, classics, and so much more. She's a huge fan of Murakami in particular. Between teaching middle school and spending as much time as possible with her young son, Caitlin keeps busy, but is happy to be joining her book club online.


  1. Becca

    Caitlin, these sound AMAZING!

  2. Whitney

    These just made my “buy for all new babies” list! I had no idea Gaiman did children’s books!!

  3. austyn

    If pandas are involved, I am ALL IN! Love these books!


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