Free: Meet acclaimed children’s book author Artie Bennett on Saturday, March 1, 12 pm, at Barnes and Noble, The Commons, 2134 Highway 35, Holmdel, NJ. Artie, author of the beloved, highly praised picture books Poopendous! and The Butt Book, will be there to sign and discuss—and read!—his superfun, spanking-new book, Peter Panda Melts Down! Hailed as the Dr. Seuss of your caboose, Artie will also sign and discuss his picture-book classics. You won’t want to miss it!
“Uh-oh. Here it comes. Here comes that frown. Peter Panda melts dowwwnnn!”
Poor Peter Panda. He’s only three and filled with frustration. And when things don’t quite go his way, he’s apt to throw a tantrum—in the car, in the library, in the supermarket, in the . . . He’s the most meltdownable panda we know.
Poor Mama Panda. How can she cope with Peter’s petulance while seeking to sidestep the mother of all meltdowns herself!? What’s a mama panda to do? Read this adorable new picture book by Artie Bennett, author of the much-lauded The Butt Book and Poopendous!, and virtuoso illustrator John Nez and find out!
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A small smattering of reviews:
Peter Panda Melts Down!
"I love Bennett’s dexterity with rhyming text. His lines are always a joy to read, and they roll off the tongue like in the best of rhyming picture books. This particular story also includes a fun, repeatable refrain: ‘Uh-oh. Here it comes. Here comes that frown. Peter Panda melts dowwwwnnn!’ It’s a line that will be tons of fun for young readers to recite during the story. I couldn’t help smiling whenever Peter began to have one of his meltdowns, as they feel so genuine in how they occur. Peter apologizing for making his mom melt down rings very true, too. Nez’s illustrations, which are big and bright, depict the action of the story along with the text, giving this title great potential for read-alouds and one-on-one sharing with a child. I’ll be using this title in story times for sure. I’ll also include it in book displays at ECRR and other parent story time workshops, as this would be a great title for parents to share with their kids to talk about feelings and work through difficulties transitioning between activities.”
—The Show Me Librarian
“What a sweet little book. Peter Panda may be having a meltdown, but I’ve never seen one look so cute! If it isn’t already obvious, it was the illustrations that initially made me want to check out this book. Even on my iPad, the illustrations were big, bright, and perfectly matched the lines on the page. Kudos to Jon Nez! The rhyming scheme is spot on for beginning readers, and the repetition of Peter Panda’s meltdowns make it easy to follow along. Young readers might even see a little of themselves in Peter as they read. After all, meltdowns happen! This has the potential to be an excellent parent/child read.”
—Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile