Twinkle twinkle little panda…


I’m delighted to report that my new picture book, XANDER’S PANDA PARTY, illustrated by Matt Phelan, has received three starred reviews!

From Publishers Weekly:

*“Phelan takes Park’s jaunty story about a panda with a complicated social life and develops it still further. In ink-and-watercolor vignettes, he animates the many zoo creatures Xander considers inviting to his party, capturing their expressions and interacts with a few quick pen strokes….”

From School Library Journal:

*“…(a) charming story that celebrates friendship and inclusion…The cartoonlike animals have wonderfully expressive faces, so even the wordless pages convey the panda’s feelings. The upbeat, mostly rhyming text provides a surprising amount of information about animal families and species without tripping up the pace. Perfect for young animal lovers and a great read-aloud for storytime.” –Marian McLeod, Darien Library, CT

From the Horn Book:

*“Liberal use of internal rhyme–‘Xander felt a little blue. He chewed bamboo, a stalk or two”–makes Park’s text sing….” –Christine M. Heppermann

Publication date: September 3! Please ask for it at your local libraries and bookstores! 🙂