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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."