Monday, February 17, 2014

Great Book: Peter Panda Melts Down!

Peter Panda Melts Down
Author: Artie Bennett
Illustrations: John Nez
Picture Book
Publisher: Blue Apple
ISBN: 978-1-60905-411-3

All parents can relate to a child having a tantrum. And many children have also experienced a parent having a temper or mini meltdown but there hasn't been a picture book that explains it in story and picture quite like Peter Panda Melts Down. Children and parents alike will enjoy the fun way author Artie Bennett shows just how silly having a melt down can be.

Peter Panda wants a treat at the store even when Mamma says no... oh no a melt down. He wants to keep playing on the playground and it is time to go... oh no a melt down. And so it goes for many more things that Peter wants to do and he can't.

What do you do when you can't have your way? This cute story lets kids and parents alike know that even with a melt down love still wins and kisses and smiles make it better some how. Entertaining and educational, this well done story will open the discussion between parent and child about better ways to handle being upset. Great job A. Bennett, another important book for children.

Bio for Peter Panda Melts Down!


Artie Bennett is the executive copy editor for a children’s book publisher and he writes a little on the side (but not the backside!).
    Artie, who would be hailed as “the Dr. Seuss of your caboose,” wrote The Butt Book, his first “mature” work, which published in 2010. The Butt Book was showered with praise and won the prestigious Reuben Award for Book Illustration. His “number two” picture book, fittingly, was entitled Poopendous! What more fertile topic could there be but poop!
    Poopendous! earned a bumper crop of great reviews, including this one in the Huffington Post: “For anyone who loved The Butt Book, you must immediately go and buy Artie Bennett’s follow-up, Poopendous! It appears there is no topic Mr. Bennett can’t make funny and educational.” The Show Me Librarian weighed in with: “Bennett’s use of rhyme is excellent; his stanzas flow and exude joviality in a manner that few writers since Dr. Seuss have truly mastered. Simply put, these books are a joy.”
    His third picture book, the much-anticipated Peter Panda Melts Down!, illustrated by the virtuosic artist John Nez, published in February 2014.
    Artie was the youngest (at age thirteen) person to originate and sell a crossword puzzle to the New York Times. He went on to sell several dailies and two large Sunday puzzles to the Times before he began college. It’s been downhill ever since.
    He and his wife, Leah, live deep in the bowels of Brooklyn, New York, where he spends his spare time moving his car to satisfy the rigorous demands of alternate-side-of-the-street parking and shaking his fist at his neighbors.
    He is pleased to share the visionary promise of The Butt Book, Poopendous!, and Peter Panda Melts Down! with a wider audience.
    His fourth picture book, the uproarious Belches, Burps, and Farts—Oh My!, will publish in July 2014.
    Visit ArtieBennett.com . . . before someone else does!



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