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Title:
Please, Mr. Panda
Author:
Antony, Steve, author.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic Press, 2015.

©2014
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Summary:
Mr. Panda has a plate of doughnuts to share, but most of the other animals forget to say "Please."
General Note:
"Please, Mr. Panda! was originally published in the UK by Hodder Children's Books in 2014 under the title Please Mr Panda."
Language:
English
Reading Level:
50 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.1 0.5 172603.
ISBN:
9780545788922
Format :
Book

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Summary

What is the proper way to ask Mr. Panda for doughnuts?

Patiently and politely, Mr. Panda asks the animals he comes across if they would like a doughnut. A penguin, a skunk, and a whale all say yes, but they do not remember to say "please" and "thank you." Is anyone worthy of Mr. Panda's doughnuts?

In his debut picture book, Steve Antony has captured a cute panda, delightful animals hungry for doughnuts, and a manners lesson. With the black-and-white animals, plain backgrounds, and brightly coloured doughnuts, Antony's art is bold, striking, and engaging.


Author Notes

STEVE ANTONY lives in Swindon, England. This is his first picture book for Scholastic. Visit him online at www.steveantony.com .


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

A formidably grumpy Mr. Panda and his box of doughnuts are at the center of this droll book about manners. He has a simple question: Would you like a doughnut? The other animals not only want doughnuts but each has a specific demand: Give me the pink one. I want the blue one and the yellow one. Mr. Panda's reply is consistent: No, you cannot have a doughnut. I have changed my mind. After blowing off a penguin, a skunk, and a killer whale, Mr. Panda asks, Would anyone else like a doughnut? He is looking directly out of the page, challenging the reader to guess why none of the animals got their treats. Finally, a cheerful lemur reaps the rewards by using please and thank you. Antony reinforces the idea that manners are absolute by contrasting the black-and-white animals with the rainbow-colored box of doughnuts. He also has fun with the layout, particularly with the lemur and his penchant for hanging upside down. Simply stated and slightly aggressive this etiquette book lays down the law.--Dean, Kara Copyright 2015 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Mr. Panda, though he's a picture of tubby fuzziness, defies the friendly panda stereotype (for one, he has a permanent glower). He offers a box of iced doughnuts to a small penguin, who says, "Give me the pink one." "No, you cannot have a doughnut," growls the panda, turning his back on the shocked penguin and lumbering away. "I have changed my mind." He offends a series of animals in similar fashion until a lemur pokes its head in. "May I have a doughnut... PLEASE, Mr. Panda?" While Mr. Panda doesn't warm up, the "please" nets the lemur the entire box of doughnuts. Smart design decisions by Antony (Betty Goes Bananas) distinguish his visual storytelling. The warm gray backdrop and parade of black and white animals (a skunk, an ostrich, an orca) make the candy-colored doughnuts look all the more tantalizing. Novel perspectives, including an upside-down scene when the lemur makes its appearance, provide freshness, too. Children who remember to say "Please" will know right away what's up, and those who don't will not mind the reminder. Ages 3-5. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-In this witty picture book primer on manners, Mr. Panda offers a variety of animals a doughnut. All respond rudely, and Mr. Panda goes on his way, until he meets a ring-tailed lemur who's aware of the power of politeness. The book is appealingly spare. The large-font text consists entirely of dialogue between Mr. Panda and the animals. Antony relies upon a mostly muted palette-the textured background is entirely gray, and all the creatures black and white-with the box of doughnuts the only example of bright color. There are no backdrops, and few objects are depicted, resulting in an elegant, pared down look. However, the author injects humor into the mix, from the over-the-top ways in which the animals request doughnuts ("I want them all! Then bring me some more," demands the killer whale) to their reactions when Mr. Panda leaves (the orca sports a crestfallen expression, with a gigantic tear). The smudgy black-and-white illustrations are appealing, and while Mr. Panda, a large, squat creature with a sour expression, isn't as adorable as some picture-book pandas-Neil Gaiman's Chu comes to mind-he's definitely endearing. Though this is a book with a clear message, the humor and attractive design give it a bit of an edge and keep it out of the realm of the heavy-handed, "Let's learn a lesson" titles. A fun storytime selection and a solid option for parents or teachers looking for a creative way to emphasize the importance of saying, "Please" and "Thank you."-Mahnaz Dar, School Library Journal (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.