#BookADay: XANDER'S PANDA PARTY by Linda Sue Park & Matt Phelan (Clarion)
#BookADay : XANDER'S PANDA PARTY , written by Linda Sue Park (who wrote A SINGLE SHARD, one of my favourite books) and illustrated by Matt Phelan. Published by Clarion in 2013. My favourite line: "Amanda Salamander lent a hand to Xander Panda. Xander's party plans went from grand to even grander."
And I get to hear Linda speak at SCBWI-LA in a couple of weeks, yay!
Synopsis: "The zoo’s paucity of pandas doesn’t impede Xander’s party planning for long. He decides to invite all the bears. But Koala protests. She’s not a bear—she's a marsupial! Does that mean she can’t come? Xander rethinks his decision to invite only bears, and “Calling all bears” evolves into “Calling all creatures.”
The Newbery Medal author Linda Sue Park introduces animal taxonomy in a wonderfully engaging way, and the celebrated artist Matt Phelan’s charming ink and watercolor paintings are the icing on the cake. A read-aloud whoop-de-do!"
Book trailer for XANDER'S PANDA PARTY: Xander's Panda Party by Linda Sue Park, illustrated by Matt Phelan
More info about the author: www.lindasuepark.com
More about the illustrator: www.mattphelan.com/ (Matt's BLUFFTON has been nominated for three Eisner Awards!)
See Matt's sketches & process on Julie Danielson's Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast: blaine.org/sevenimpossiblethings/?p=2740
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade book page: www.hmhco.com/shop/books/xanders-panda-party/978054755865...