Title: Please, Mr. Panda
Author/Illustrator: Steve Antony
Published: Scholastic, 2014
Have you ever picked up a book and been totally surprised by a wonderful plot twist that you just DID NOT see coming? That was Please, Mr. Panda for me. We chose it in December’s Scholastic book order because the art was super-cute. And, full disclosure, it came with a squishy donut. And OMG, squishy everything is the best around here.
Ahem. Anyway, the book was delightfully surprising because of…wait for it…a lemur!
If you’ve been following along, you know that lemurs are kinda THE animal here at Chez Borst (OK, lemurs AND cats). Vivi has been obsessed with these adorable little primates since she was an adorable tiny primate herself.
The book Please, Mr. Panda tells the tale of the very polite Mr. Panda offering donuts to various black-and-white animals. (I really liked this choice, art-wise. It’s clever and neat to look at.) The animals he offers donuts to are not exactly…nice.
The penguin is all “Yeah, gimme some!”
The ostrich is all “OMG, go away!”
The skunk is all “Yeah, I’ll eat some donuts!”
The whale is all “I want all of them!”
(I’m seriously precising here.)
And Mr. Panda, being the polite fellow he is, decides that none of them asks kindly enough. So he keeps his donuts…until…
a lemur shows up!
The lemur is exceedingly polite! Mr. Panda realizes he’s found the recipient of his dozen donuts. The lemur happily chows down and Mr. Panda happily walks away. Turns out, he doesn’t like donuts anyway.
The book is so simple, but so sweet. We all FREAKED out when the lemur turned up. (And got a kick out of the fact that he was upside-down…hey, we don’t get out much. What can I say?)
If you’re looking for a great book about manners, kindness and…well…lemurs…then this is the one for you! Also: A++ for the art.
Vivi’s rating: I really liked the part where the lemur got everything. Will there be more lemurs in the future books? I certainly hope so. (We ordered some more Mr. Panda books from Scholastic. They are probably coming in sometime near the end of this month. Along with a *few* other books. Vivi’s poor teacher is getting some serious biceps from carrying our book orders out to us. We love, you, Ms. R!)
Lily’s rating: Well, I just loved it. That’s all I have to say.
Yup. It’s a winner.