Reading/Interest Level: Preschool
Author: Neil Gaiman
Illustrator: Adam Rex
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's
When Chu sneezes, bad things happen. He goes to the library and there is a lot of dust in the air from the books. He manages not to sneeze. He goes to the diner with his father. There is a lot of pepper in the air, but Chu doesn’t sneeze. When he goes with his parents to the circus, however, no one listens to his warning and he sneezes so hard that the circus and everywhere else is nearly blown away!
This picture book by Neil Gaiman is as wacky and funny as someone might expect from that author. The illustrations of the little panda going about his day and trying not to sneeze are amusing, and the illustrations of when he finally sneezes are sure to cause some giggles from young readers. There are no explanations for why Chu has such big sneezes, so some older readers might not appreciate the silliness of it. For fans of silliness and the illustrations by Adam Rex, however, this book will be a hit.