Xander's Panda Party
by Linda Sue Park
Illustrated by Matt Phelan
Clarion Books, 2013. Picture book.
wants to throw a panda party, but he is the only panda in the zoo. He
decides to make it a bear party, but when he invites the koala and
discovers that koalas are marsupials, he decides he needs to invite
other marsupials as well. As he talks to more animals and doesn't want
to leave anyone out, he is overwhelmed by the growing guest list. Will
he throw a successful party, or will it be more than he can handle?
storytelling is delightful. Park's use of verse is impressively
executed. She incorporates a bit of zoology and animal classification,
which is a fun element. Phelan's ink and watercolor is stunning. Overall
a lovely book.