Saturday, August 1, 2015

Please Mr. Panda by Steve Antony (2014)

Please, Mr. PandaPlease, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Most of the time in picture books (and elsewhere), pandas are depicted as gentle, happy and even mystical creatures.  Steve Anthony's panda, however, is pictured as a sour-faced, almost Abe Simpson-curmudgeonesque grump.  Appearances are deceiving; he's actually a cuddly and nice underneath and offering doughnuts to his friends.  His schmuckish friends, who one by one are ruder than a rude awakening on crack.  Penguin, Skunk, a mean girl Ostrich, an bully of an Orca - they all can't seem to say please or be nice.  A lemur (or something - I don't know what the hell creature that was, but I'm going to call it a lemur), is finally polite, and gets the whole goddamn box!  The moral of this story is - don't be an asshole.  If Aesop were alive today, he'd give it his stamp of approval.


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