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Chu is a little panda with a big sneeze.
When Chu sneezes, bad things happen.
In dusty library, diner pepper, circus tent,
Will Chu sneeze today?
Hardcover, 30 pages
Published January 2013 by HarperCollins Children's
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Trudi

I have a confession to make: when I sneeze, it is LOUD and SUDDEN. I do not sneeze like a lady. But guess what? I don't want to sneeze like a lady. I want my sneezes to count. I want them to be HEARD. Sometimes this exasperates my boyfriend who feels like anyone born on this planet with human DNA and 46 chromosomes should be able to sneeze at a decibel less than 180 (which according to this chart will cause death of hearing tissue). Oh well. Deal with it. I gotta be me.

Chu must be my totem anima
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Leone
I have to admit at first I felt this story was too simplistic but I quickly changed my opinion. There's a lot going on in this story, and while a lot of it is Rex's illustrations, it's also Gaiman's writing. And aside- I love the history of this book- that Gaiman wanted to write a book that wouldn't get banned in China for 'questioning authority'. He's so cool.

When I read the book to my Grade 1s we first did a lot of predicting. What was Chu feeling? What about his body tells you that? Why do yo
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Monica!
In Chu's Day, we're introduced to Chu the panda. Tragically, Chu is cursed with a horrible mutant power--when he sneezes, he obliterates everything in his path.

His parents live in constant terror that, you know, a massacre-level event might occur at any moment. "Is the book dust in this library going to make you sneeze?!" his mother worries. "Will the pepper at this restaurant upset your delicate nostrils?!" frets his father.

Of course, Chu's exhausted folks can't keep up their CONSTANT VIGILANC
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babyhippoface
Well, call me short-sighted, or ignorant, or just say I don't appreciate quality literature. Say whatever you want to, but I read this book and thought, Well, that was stupid. Adam Rex's illustrations were absolutely adorable, especially the different expressions on Chu's face when he's trying to suppress a sneeze. I love the aviator goggles, too. I thought the premise of someone whose sneezes have disastrous results was fine, but the extent of the "damage" done by his sneeze was just dumb. Stic ...more
Erica
Here's what I like best about Neil Gaiman's books - the minute I start reading them, I can hear his voice in my head. It's like having an internal audiobook player with me at all times. That's pretty cool.
Here's what I like least about Neil Gaiman's books - I always have high expectations going in to them because when he's good, he's stunning and I always want to be stunned.
In this case, I was stunned, but not by the story. The story is...typical, I guess, of a lap book (the kind you read with a
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Laura

“AAH, AAAAH, AAAAAH--“

Chu’s Day is absolutely adorable! Adam Rex has created the cutest little panda! Haha…I usually don’t gush about cuteness, but really I couldn’t help it with Chu. Look at those eyes! :)

Neil Gaiman and Adam Rex make Chu’s day jump off the page with clear, vibrant colors and surprises on every page. Look close and you will see magic in every nook and cranny! The mice on the mini-computers in the library made me smile, point at the page and giggle. Hehe….

A picture book of pure
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Rossy
I want to hug Chu, and I admit I giggled when he sneezed. "Oops".

Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
Surprising enjoymentofGaiman's The Sleeper and the Spindle and Hansel and Gretel,after a run of bad experiences with his books,encouraged meto try another.

But I made a mistake.

I went in with expectations.

As someone with hayfever who has to suffer through the annual sneezing season, I thought this might address the anxieties children might have about it, like I did. I dreaded periodically interrupting my teachers with my deafeningly loud sneezing fits. Self-consciousness led me to devise a way
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Sophie Riggsby
Review posted on Mundie Kids on 1/22/2013*

I bought this, okay I'll be very honest, mostly for me. I adore Neil Gaiman and when I heard he was writing a childrens book, I knew I had to buy it for our family. Much to my surprise, I wasn't the first one to read it. Nope. It was my teen who grabbed it and read it with my second grader. And then not to be outdone, the fourth grader nabbed after they finished it and read it herself.

I watched their frenzy while passing the book around and remembered wh
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Alex Lewis
It's a picture book. But it's a good picture book.
Pupilla
Könyvesboltban olvastam el, már ha ezt olvasásnak lehet nevezni, alig van benne ugyanis bötű! :) Ellenben a rajzok szerintem nagyon édesek, és az ilyen semmiről sem szól, sok az ismétlés, jól ki lehet hangsúlyozni rövidke meséket imádják a kisebb gyerekek.
De áldom azért az eget, hogy nem rendeltem meg magamnak, mert korábban már kíváncsi voltam rá... A boltban egyébként több mint 5000 Ft-ért vesztegették, ezt a 1,5 perc alatt elolvasható, kissé már rongyos védőborítójú (khm biztos mindenki ott
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Garrett Zecker
There is little Gaiman could do that is wrong - and this book is no different.

This book is a book where a small Panda is faced with a supernatural dilemma. When he sneezed.

The writing is cute (short), but I think the artwork is what truly captures the essence of this book. As a matter of fact, reading this with my own four-year-old, I have been able to explore the images in the book in every reading, and sometimes the best parts of children’s books seem to be what isn’t written. “look at that pi
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Joella www.cinjoella.com
“When Chu sneezed, bad things happened.” That is how this delightful book starts out. Chu is a panda bear and he goes on a couple of outings with his parents. He goes to the library with his mother. And she is worried that the book dust will make him sneeze. He goes to the diner with his father and he is worried that the pepper will make him sneeze. Then they go to the circus. And his parents were so caught up in the spectacular event that they forgot to see if Chu was going to sneeze. And Chu d ...more
Terri
Sorry, but I do not understand why this book is getting so many rave reviews! The illustrations are charming, detailed and colorful... but there's no story! This adorable little panda has wonderful facial expressions when he tries to keep from sneezing. When he finally does sneeze, he blows astonishingly hard, but that's about it. Maybe one on one with a child who loves to pore over the details in illustrations, but for use in a group it's pretty useless. I would have liked it better if Rex had ...more
Alex Sarll
I grew up on Richard Scarry, so I'm fine with animals in clothes, even a whale running a diner. But these implausibly active pandas are bullshit. If you want a panda lead, ditch all the daytrips and excitement and make a stoner comedy.
Haworth Library
If you haven't watched the viral video of the little panda who sneezed and scared his mother then open up a new window right now and search for it in youtube. It's ok I'll wait...

Now that you've watched that video and said awwww, emailed it to a few friends, its time for you to go to the Library and pick up Chu's Day by Neil Gaiman. This book is insanely cute! Little Chu can't seem to go anywhere without sneezing. And when he sneezes, boy does he sneeze! Little kids will be waiting for the big o
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Jeimy
So adorable! Can't wait to read what happens to Chu when he goes to school (book 2) and to the beach (book 3)!
Gloria
Cuteness! The first in a series of books featuring the adorable Chu.
Bethany Mcguirk
Gaiman, N. (2013). Chu’s day. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers.

Picture Book Soak (one I didn’t care for)

Although this book is in the category, “I didn’t care for,” there is one main reason why I just didn’t care for this book. That reason is: I struggle to find an instructional purpose for this book. Certainly, this book is silly and the artwork is beautiful, but from a teacher’s perspective, I am not sure if this book warrants a read aloud. Unless, of course, the read aloud purpose is sim
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Julie
2.5 stars but I rounded up because the illustrations had many great details. Story was lackluster. I liked the "suspense" sections, wondering whether Chu was going to sneeze, and I believe they'd work well read aloud. The ending/actual sneeze felt squandered, however. This book is clearly geared toward a very young audience with a short attention span.

Nice choice to give Chu an aviator's cap & googles. This is never explained and now I'm pondering it. Steampunk panda? Fashionista?
Luciana Darce
Chu é um filhote de panda fofinho e muito... alérgico. O problema é que quando Chu espirra, e isso ocorre com alguma frequência, coisas ruins podem acontecer. Seus pais, coitados, sabem disso e têm que pensar duas vezes antes de levar Chu para passear por aí. Será que Chu vai espirrar hoje?

O Dia de Chu foi lançado no ano passado e não existem outras palavras para defini-lo além de ‘ridiculamente fofo e adorável’ – incluindo aí as ilustrações Adam Rex. Inspirado numa viagem que Gaiman fez à China
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Margaret
Absolutely adorable! Neil Gaiman is becoming a favorite name around here starting with our movie shelves and then our young readers and now even our youngest readers too. This story is cute and laugh aloud fun but my favorite part is the illustrations. Absolutely adorable! Colorful and full of texture Neil's text met with Adam Rex's images paints a fabulous little picture book. Very cute.

*Thanks to HC for providing an ARC for review.*
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Devan
Summary:
Chu, a bear, causes bad things to happen when he sneezes. Chu goes different places with his parents all day and almost sneezes a couple of times, but does not. When they go to the circus he ends up sneezing and blowing the tent away.
Critique:
I really enjoyed this book. There was no message or meaning behind this story, it was simply a story which was one of the reason's I liked it. It seemed geared for very young children based on the text and the words. The book was very short; it woul
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Mike
Chu is a young panda with a fantastic aviator's cap and goggles who lives in a world surrounded by a wide variety of other anthropomorphic animals. He goes about his day visiting the library with his mum and having lunch in a diner with his papa, always on the verge of sneezing. That evening at the circus when his mighty sneeze finally comes, it ravages his town, leaving chaos and mayhem in its wake.

We all know Neil Gaiman from his multiple genre titles, graphic novels, and YA books. He's also a
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Ms. Caliendo
Chu is adorable and has quite the adventurous day, but I expected a bit more of plot development from Gaiman. I know it is a story intended for children, but Chu is quite flat and I wish that the backstory of the worry his parent pandas had was explained more, even just for the adults reading these books to their children. Beautiful illustrations and a character cuddly enough to love, despite his sneezing.
Ying Lee
Chu is a little panda who has big sneeze and always wears a pair of goggles. When he was around the dusty old books in the library, he doesn't sneeze. When he was around lots of pepper in the restaurant, he doesn't sneeze. But when he is seeing the circus show with Dad and Mom, he wants to sneeze. He warns his parents, but they don't hear. No one hears. So, Chu puts on his goggles, and here comes his big sneeze, "AAaachooooo!" Chu's big sneeze blows away everything -- the circus audience, the ci ...more
Bonnie
A book I really wanted to love. Charming pictures, especially the library scene. The story is a bit too abstract--a little more about the sneeze, please. Nonetheless, I'll be ordering it for my library and I can see reading it with lots of discussion both to predict what will happen when Chu sneezes and why his sneeze is so powerful.
Daniel
If I'm being honest here I bought the book because it was written by Neil Gaiman. But truth be told there are barely any words and I don't really get his voice coming through in it at all. Then why did I give the book 4 stars? My 8mo old LOVES this book beyond compare. He fusses and moans till we read it, then once we put it down for a different book he pushes the new book out of the way to try and bang on and pick up Chu. He stares at each page wonderfully illustrated by Adam Rex, and during Ch ...more
Kathleen Dixon
I sometimes sneeze alarmingly, but little Chu sneezes the town down! James and I just read this book and we love it. James had a great time naming all the different animals on each page, and loved the build-up to the massive sneeze. His picture (in response) is of the Big Top flying into the air along with the narwhal (which was on the previous page in the book, in the circus audience), and of the train being knocked off the tracks. Then, being James, he put some scratches on the narwhal because ...more
Kim
Who knew Gaiman could write for tykes? This is his answer to the Chinese government who refused to allow some of his kids books to be published/sold in China. Really cute and with lush pictures, your little one will want this one over and over again.
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