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Rating: 5/5 Stars

About the Book: Set in the style of a silent movie, a fox invites a goose to dinner.

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GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I was lucky enough to get a galley of this one at ALA Midwinter. When I sat down in my hotel room and needed a break from all my Printz meetings, I opened this picture book and it was just what I needed!

The illustrations are done in the style of a silent movie, so right there I'm in love. The illustrations are hilarious with subtle hints as to what is going to happen. I also love that it gives a great talking point about silent films and what movies used to be like. Add in the little chicks repetitive refrain of "that is not a good idea" and you've got yourself a wonderfully riotous storytime read aloud. The story has a very funny plot and kids will love shouting along with warning to the goose-because we all know how these stories go-or do we? I said in January that this was my favorite picture book of the year and I'm sticking to that-it's funny, it's great to read aloud, the pictures are fantastic and full of details, and the entire book will leave readers laughing. Once you finish it you want to turn back and start all over again. It's one of the few picture books that I actually laughed  out loud over when I read it. A must read and a must have for storytime collections!

Rating: 4/5 Stars

About the Book: A little panda causes chaos when he sneezes. Will he sneeze?

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says:  Ok, seriously, how can anyone resist that adorable panda  on the cover? Chu is just too cute you  have to fall in love with him. The story is simple-Chu is a small guy, but  his sneezes are big. He goes throughout his day and everyone is wary of what might happen if Chu sneezes. I read this one in storytime and the kids had a blast pretending to sneeze along with Chu. 

While the story is simple and funny, the illustrations are what make the book stand out to me. Adam Rex does a fantastic job with beautiful full page spreads that you just want to pour over. Each scene he creates adds to the story. You can make up a story about every little character you see on those pages and it's so fun to look at. A cute story with fantastic illustrations.  The simple text and bright colors make it a fun choice for storytimes.

Full Disclosure: Reviewed from galley copies received at ALA Midwinter

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