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Posted By Melissa McKenzie, Sunday, October 1, 2017
Updated: Sunday, October 1, 2017

Panda pants by Jacqueline Davies, 2016

Pants or no pants: that is the question! “I want pants”, says a little panda to his father. “You are a panda”, answers the father. “Pandas do NOT wear pants.” And so begins a hilarious battle of wills when a young panda tries to convince his father why pants make perfect sense… –Publisher’s summary

Not so much a battle of wills, as a delightful example of a parent patiently reasoning with a live-in–the-moment child, whose transitory passion for an unnecessary object will soon give way to the next desire. Along the way, little Panda’s imperturbable, cheerful demeanor demonstrates a character that is not easily squashed—and is resourceful enough to come up with a novel solution to that little problem of the snow leopard who is stalking the father and son pair through the jungle.—Menlo Park Library Staff

Who, what, where? By Olivier Tallec, 2016

Each page asks the reader a question about the lineup of characters featured on the spread. Sharp eyes and keen observation are necessary. There's only one right answer, and it's not always easy!—Publisher’s summary

This visual who-dunnit with its combination of animal and human characters—all wearing comically dead-pan expressions—will give parents and preschoolers a good laugh together. The cognitive process of identifying the culprit on each page will help hone visual discrimination skills.—Menlo Park Library staff

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