Chu's Day at the Beach

Chu's Day at the Beach
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Age Range
4+
Release Date
April 07, 2015
ISBN
978-0062223999
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A brand-new adventure for everyone's favorite sneezing panda, from the New York Times bestselling team of Neil Gaiman and Adam Rex. Chu and his family are going to the beach! Chu is excited. He will get to play in the sand and wade in the water. But what will happen if Chu sneezes at the beach? And what will happen if he doesn't?

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Ah, Chu...
Overall rating
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Neil Gaiman and Adam Rex join forces for the third installment in this series about Chu the panda.

Big things happen when little Chu sneezes. When his family visits the beach, the peculiar force of his sneeze causes all sorts of problems for beachgoers. Can Chu find a way to undo the mess he’s made?

I’d have to give adorable factor of this book a 10 out of 10. The artwork is exceptional, with vibrant colors, high detail, and a pleasantly hand-brushed style. Word density varies widely from page to page, avoiding any visual monotony. The story passively explores several possible causes for sneezing whilst depicting a physics-defying scenario that older children will quickly recognize as “weird” or “silly.”

It’s a cute story, to be sure. But parents hoping to convey a moral or lesson may be a bit disappointed. There’s plenty of imagination to be had (i.e. merpandas!), but not much by way of profound or educational conclusions.

This hardback book is 30 pages in length and is suitable for ages 4-8.
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