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Styling Librarian: Review: Peter Panda Melts Down!

Peter Panda Melts Down!

Peter Panda Melts Down!

It was a pleasure to be contacted by Artie Bennett, the author of Peter Panda Melts Down! I was excited to read his new picture book, curious to see how the book differed from his past humorous, non-fiction books. I met a precious little panda character that is having a pretty terrible day. He happened to be captured by Artie in the height of trying circumstances for his mom. As a mom who has dealt with more than a few trying days when my son was little, I really appreciated sitting back and reading this book with my son. Hilarious to read through the conclusion. My son insisted on reading aloud and emphasizing the repeated lines and said “WHAT” and laughed when we came to the ending. I highly recommend this book for parents who have little ones who enjoy wonderful rhythmic books with fun lines. This book begs to be reread! I also see Kindergarten children enjoying this read aloud and using it as inspiration for writing projects as well…

I enjoyed Artie’s NerdyBookClub entry recently: – Fascinating to see how Artie took a challenge that led him to write Peter Panda Melts Down!

Peter Panda Melts Down!

Peter Panda Melts Down!

Peter Panda Melts Down! Summary from Artie Bennett:
“Uh-oh. Here it comes. Here comes that frown. Peter Panda melts dowwwnnn!”
Poor Peter Panda. He’s only three and filled with frustration. And when things don’t quite go his way, he’s apt to throw a tantrum—in the car, in the library, in the supermarket, in the . . .
He’s the most meltdownable panda we know.
Poor Mama Panda. How can she cope with Peter’s petulance while seeking to sidestep the mother of all meltdowns herself!? What’s a mama panda to do? Read this adorable new picture book by Artie Bennett, author of the much-lauded The Butt Book and Poopendous!, and virtuoso illustrator John Nez and find out!
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Author Book Share

Author Book Share

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.
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2 comments on “Styling Librarian: Review: Peter Panda Melts Down!

  1. lenorelook
    March 20, 2014


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