Chu’s Day
Chu’s Day
By Neil Gaiman
Illustrated by Adam Rex
On Sale: 1/8/2013
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Chu is a little panda with a big sneeze. His mother takes him to the library, where it’s awfully dusty. His father takes him to lunch at the diner, where there’s pepper in the air. Will Chu sneeze today? And what will happen if he does?

Beloved storyteller Neil Gaiman has written his youngest picture book yet with this delightful, humorous story of how the smallest child’s actions can be very powerful. Engagingly and vibrantly illustrated by acclaimed artist Adam Rex, this is the perfect book to read aloud and share.


Chu's Day
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Critic Reviews

“Kids will find the idea of a monstrous sneeze funny, and it may prompt some attempts of their own. Rex’s richly detailed illustrations are brimming with fantastic touches. Share this one at toddler storytime for lots of giggles, or one-on-one for spotting details in the art.”
   — Booklist

“Gaiman’s comic timing gets a boost from strategic book design and from Rex’s hyperreal paintings, which emphasize Chu’s round, fuzzy form and apparent harmlessness. Gaiman and Rex deliver a classic one-two-three punch, making hay from the notion that a cuddly baby panda is not to be trusted.”
   — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

A Note From Neil

I was in China a few years ago, researching a book. I learned, while I was there, that my children's picture books, things like The Wolves in the Walls or The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish, were published in Hong Kong and Taiwan, but not in mainland China.

"Why not?" I asked.

I was told it was because of their disrespect for authority, because sometimes children knew better than adults, because sometimes children do bad things and are not punished.

I thought, "I should write a picture book that not even the Chinese can resist publishing."

I wrote it in a tea-shop in China.

It is about a baby panda who sneezes.

It did not have a lot of words, and some pages were not meant to have words at all, so I drew pictures to go with it when I sent it to my publishers and my agent, to show them what the book would be.

"What do you think?" I asked my agent.

"Can I have the picture of the little panda going to sleep at the end?" she asked. It was not what I had expected her to say. I told her that she could.

HarperCollins Children’s Books liked it. They asked who I wanted to illustrate it. I suggested Adam Rex. I liked Adam's stuff. I did not know then that Adam had a dark secret: that once upon a time he had been a Sandman fan, who had given me fan art when he was young. Despite this, he said yes when Harper asked him.

He drew the most perfect illustrations: funny and warm and filled with detail and incident.

I read it to my nephew Ronan, who is three. He made me read it to him again, then spent the rest of the day wandering around the house pretending to sneeze, very very loudly.

There is no word yet on what the Chinese government thinks.

Neil Gaiman

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