Xander planned a panda party. Yes, a dandy whoop-de-do!
But Xander was the only panda. Just one panda at the zoo.
The zoo's paucity of pandas doesn't impede Xander's party planning for long. He decides to invite all the bears. But Koala protests. She's not a bear--she's a marsupial! Does that mean she can't come? Xander rethinks his decision to invite only bears, and "Calling all bears" evolves into "Calling all creatures." The Newbery Medal author Linda Sue Park introduces animal taxonomy in a wonderfully engaging way, and the celebrated artist Matt Phelan's charming ink and watercolor paintings are the icing on the cake. A read-aloud whoop-de-do!
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About the Author
Linda Sue Park won the Newbery Medal for A Single Shard. She lives with her husband in Rochester, New York. Visit her website at www.lspark.com.
Illustrator Matt Phelan's books include Alice Schertle's Very Hairy Bear and Jeanne Birdsall's Flora's Very Windy Day. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Visit his website at www.mattphelan.com.
"Phelan takes Park's jaunty story about a panda with a complicated social life and develops it still further. . . . There's food for thought throughout."
--Publishers Weekly, starred review
--School Library Journal, starred review "Liberal use of internal rhyme. . . makes Park's text sing as it relates how Xander tackles each new challenge."
--The Horn Book Magazine, starred review "Phelan's ink and watercolor compositions offer the perfect counterpoint to the tightly wrought verses, with playfulness inherent in the fluid inky outlines encasing broadly applied brushstrokes."
--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review "Newbery Medalist Park's playful rhyming text introduces young kids to different species of animals. . . Share this story about the importance of inclusion with birthday kids and those fond of a trip to the zoo."