The Resource Chu's day, Neil Gaiman ; illustrated by Adam Rex

Chu's day, Neil Gaiman ; illustrated by Adam Rex

Label
Chu's day
Title
Chu's day
Statement of responsibility
Neil Gaiman ; illustrated by Adam Rex
Title variation
Chus day
Creator
Contributor
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
When Chu the panda sneezes, bad things happen
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Tone
Character
Illustration
Review
  • Preschool-Kindergarten This slight but cute picture book from New York Times best-selling author Gaiman introduces a little panda named Chu (as in the ending sound of a sneeze). Chu’s sneezes “cause bad things to happen,” which is a problem when the tyke goes out in public. At the library, surrounded by a musty old-book smell, Chu’s mother asks, “Are you going to sneeze?” He responds with an “aah-aaah-Aaaah” that is followed by “‘No,’ says Chu.” False alarm. At the diner with his father, there’s pepper aplenty in the air, and Chu’s father asks the big question, but it’s also met with a no. While the joke perhaps doesn’t go on long enough before the circus-themed punch line, kids will find the idea of a monstrous sneeze funny, and it may prompt some attempts of their own. Rex’s richly detailed illustrations are brimming with fantastic touches, from teeny-tiny mice on their teeny-tiny computers (sitting in card catalog drawers!) to a koala bear acrobat at the circus to Chu’s penchant for aviation goggles. Share this one at toddler storytime for lots of giggles, or one-on-one for spotting details in the art. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Anything Gaiman writes is noteworthy; after all, he is the New York Times best-selling author of The Graveyard Book (2008), winner of the Newbery award, and Coraline, among others. -- Kelley, Ann (Reviewed 11-01-2012) (Booklist, vol 109, number 5, p75)
  • PreS-K — A sweet, playful tale about a small panda with an extraordinary knack for inadvertently causing trouble. Chu's parents take him on several outings one day, frequently pausing to check that the youngster doesn't have to sneeze because, as the narrator warns, "When Chu sneezed, bad things happened." Though the dusty books at the library and pepper-infused air of a restaurant don't bring on a sneezing attack, the circus results in one that not only brings down the big-top tent, but also causes pandemonium throughout the town. Despite the simple story and unembellished text, there's more than enough in the art to keep readers engaged. A roly-poly panda in aviator glasses and a green-striped T-shirt, wide-eyed Chu cuts a comically endearing figure as he contorts his body and facial expressions in anticipation of a sneeze. The locations depicted in these richly saturated painted spreads have an old-fashioned flavor, and vintage touches are visible throughout: the pillbox hat his mother sports, card catalogs at the library, a gumball machine at the diner. These prim, orderly settings are the perfect setup for the chaos that Chu introduces, and there's a mischievous sense of humor that results from placing exotic anthropomorphic animals (squids, narwhals, giraffes, wombats) onto these decidedly conventional backdrops. While children will delight in seeing such a tiny creature wreak havoc, the story still concludes on a reassuring note, with Chu's parents gently tucking him in. A small but delightful dose of fun.—Mahnaz Dar, School Library Journal --Mahnaz Dar (Reviewed January 1, 2013) (School Library Journal, vol 59, issue 1, p78)
  • /* Starred Review */ No wolves in the walls or button-eyed parents in this story about a baby panda named Chu. Yet Gaiman builds suspense from the enigmatic opening sentence (“When Chu sneezed, bad things happened”), which frames a portrait of the roly-poly protagonist, decked out in a striped T-shirt, aviator cap, and goggles. Gaiman maximizes anxiety by having Chu visit a tranquil library (“There was old-book-dust in the air”) and a crowded diner (“There was a lot of pepper in the air”). Twice, Chu’s anxious parents ask, “Are you going to sneeze?” and itchy-nosed Chu—snapping his goggles over his eyes in preparation—does not follow through. That evening, under a big top whose performing animals echo the menagerie in Rex’s Tree Ring Circus, Chu cannot resist, and his true power is revealed. Gaiman’s comic timing gets a boost from strategic book design and from Rex’s hyperreal paintings, which emphasize Chu’s round, fuzzy form and apparent harmlessness. Gaiman and Rex deliver a classic one-two-three punch, making hay from the notion that a cuddly baby panda is not to be trusted. Ages 4–8. Agent: Merrilee Heifetz, Writers House. Illustrator’s agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed November 26, 2012) (Publishers Weekly, vol 259, issue 48, p)
  • (The following is a combined review for CHU&#39 and S DAY)A modest yet richly colorful day in the life of a small panda who may or may not sneeze, which may or may not be calamitous. "When Chu sneezed, bad things happened," portends the opening. Chu is an adorable panda kid in a striped T-shirt and aviator hat. Mellow white space surrounds him and his panda parents except when they arrive at the day's three destinations: the library, a diner and the circus. These settings are sumptuous spreads. Rex's oil paints showcase lights, darks and textures while populating the scenes with droll-looking animals and fine details to pore over. A circus turtle flies on a trapeze; library mice sit inside old-fashioned card-catalog drawers working on miniscule computers. Due to the library's "old-book-dust," Chu's mother knows to check: "Are you going to sneeze?"--"aah-aaah-Aaaah- / No, said Chu." That comical buildup and take back spreads across three pages, including a suspenseful page turn. At the circus, readers finally behold the power of a nasal expulsion. The climax is visually realistic yet dreamlike, with a nice, slyly deadpan ending that finds Chu's family somewhat better off than the rest of their town. The single problem with this book--potentially a deal breaker--is the use of this particular Chinese name for the sake of a sneeze pun. Weigh great art and clever story against the exploitation of the old, unfortunate cliché that Asian names sound funny. (Picture book. 2-5)(Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2012)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10133350
Cataloging source
TnLvILS
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gaiman, Neil
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • AD340L
  • Decoding demand: 63 (high)
  • Semantic demand: 36 (low)
  • Syntactic demand: 44 (medium)
  • Structure demand: 53 (medium)
Intended audience source
  • Lexile
  • Lexile
Interest level
LG
LC call number
PZ7.G1273
LC item number
Chu 2013
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 0
Reading level
1.4
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Rex, Adam
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Chu books
Series volume
0001
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Pandas
  • Animals
  • Sneezing
  • Pandas
  • Animals
  • Sneezing
Target audience
primary
Label
Chu's day, Neil Gaiman ; illustrated by Adam Rex
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Copyright
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
904415
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780062017819
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780062017819
Label
Chu's day, Neil Gaiman ; illustrated by Adam Rex
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
904415
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780062017819
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780062017819

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