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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