Peter Panda Melts Down! in Nanuet!
Free: Meet acclaimed children’s book author Artie Bennett on Wednesday, April 16, 4:30 pm, at Barnes and Noble, 140 Rockland Plaza, Nanuet, NY. 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 a monumental meltdown 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
“Looks like Artie Bennett did it again! This is an utterly charming book that had my son and I chuckling and reminiscing about his toddler years. Three year-old Peter Panda spends the day with Mama Panda. But for little Peter Panda, little frustrations can cause a meltdown, like wanting that goodie at the supermarket checkout or not wanting to leave the playground when it’s time to go or having to share that library book? Can you parents relate? Oh yes! Tantrums are a daily part of toddler life, and we remember them well. I love the way Bennett uses humour, rhyme and creative prose to bring to life those memorable years. And when Mama Panda has had enough, well, I could relate to that for sure! It’s clear there is affection and love between parent and child even though there is frustration. I think this just adds to the message that love is patient but we’re not perfect, and that parenting is hard sometimes. My son, who is ten, found this book adorable along with its super cute illustrations. They were perfect for this story. Peter Panda is cuddly, but when he gets upset and begins to frown, well we just had to laugh, it was so cute. My son was also very pleased that the author signed and addressed the book to him. We read and re-read this book and my son got out his other two books by Bennett: Poopendous! and The Butt Book and re-read them too. Usually, he passes on the children’s books that he’s read or that he reviewed with me, but Bennett’s books are part of his collection. He is now eagerly waiting for Bennett’s fourth book Belches, Burps and Farts—Oh My! Now doesn’t that sound like just the right book for young boy readers? Actually, any reader with a good sense of humour because Bennett’s books are the perfect medicine for gloomy moods.”
—Library of Clean Reads
“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
“All parents can relate to a child having a tantrum. And many children have also experienced a parent having a temper or mini meltdown, but there hasn’t been a picture book that explains it in story and picture quite like Peter Panda Melts Down! Children and parents alike will enjoy the fun way author Artie Bennett shows just how silly having a meltdown can be. Peter Panda wants a treat at the store even when Mamma says no . . . oh no, a meltdown. He wants to keep playing on the playground and it is time to go . . . oh no, a meltdown. And so it goes for many more things that Peter wants to do and he can’t. What do you do when you can’t have your way? This cute story lets kids and parents alike know that even with a meltdown, love still wins and kisses and smiles make it better somehow.Entertaining and educational, this well-done story will open the discussion between parent and child about better ways to handle being upset. Great job, A. Bennett, another important book for children.”