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Please, Mr. Panda
Other title(s):
Please, Mister Panda
First American edition.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2015.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
General Note:
"Please, Mr. Panda! was originally published in the UK by Hodder Children's Books in 2014 under the title Please Mr Panda."
Mr. Panda has a plate of doughnuts to share, but most of the other animals forget to say "Please."
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.1 0.5 172603.


Call Number

On Order



What is the proper way to ask Mr. Panda for doughnuts?Patiently and politely, Mr. Panda asks the animals he comes across if they would like a doughnut. A penguin, a skunk, and a whale all say yes, but they do not remember to say "please" and "thank you." Is anyone worthy of Mr. Panda's doughnuts?Steve Antony has captured a cute panda, delightful animals hungry for doughnuts, and a manners lesson. With the black-and-white animals, plain backgrounds, and brightly colored doughnuts, Antony's art is bold, striking, and engaging.

Author Notes

STEVE ANTONY lives in Swindon, England. This is his first picture book for Scholastic. Visit him online at www.steveantony.com .

Reviews 5

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-In this witty picture book primer on manners, Mr. Panda offers a variety of animals a doughnut. All respond rudely, and Mr. Panda goes on his way, until he meets a ring-tailed lemur who's aware of the power of politeness. The book is appealingly spare. The large-font text consists entirely of dialogue between Mr. Panda and the animals. Antony relies upon a mostly muted palette-the textured background is entirely gray, and all the creatures black and white-with the box of doughnuts the only example of bright color. There are no backdrops, and few objects are depicted, resulting in an elegant, pared down look. However, the author injects humor into the mix, from the over-the-top ways in which the animals request doughnuts ("I want them all! Then bring me some more," demands the killer whale) to their reactions when Mr. Panda leaves (the orca sports a crestfallen expression, with a gigantic tear). The smudgy black-and-white illustrations are appealing, and while Mr. Panda, a large, squat creature with a sour expression, isn't as adorable as some picture-book pandas-Neil Gaiman's Chu comes to mind-he's definitely endearing. Though this is a book with a clear message, the humor and attractive design give it a bit of an edge and keep it out of the realm of the heavy-handed, "Let's learn a lesson" titles. A fun storytime selection and a solid option for parents or teachers looking for a creative way to emphasize the importance of saying, "Please" and "Thank you."-Mahnaz Dar, School Library Journal (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

Mr. Panda, though he's a picture of tubby fuzziness, defies the friendly panda stereotype (for one, he has a permanent glower). He offers a box of iced doughnuts to a small penguin, who says, "Give me the pink one." "No, you cannot have a doughnut," growls the panda, turning his back on the shocked penguin and lumbering away. "I have changed my mind." He offends a series of animals in similar fashion until a lemur pokes its head in. "May I have a doughnut... PLEASE, Mr. Panda?" While Mr. Panda doesn't warm up, the "please" nets the lemur the entire box of doughnuts. Smart design decisions by Antony (Betty Goes Bananas) distinguish his visual storytelling. The warm gray backdrop and parade of black and white animals (a skunk, an ostrich, an orca) make the candy-colored doughnuts look all the more tantalizing. Novel perspectives, including an upside-down scene when the lemur makes its appearance, provide freshness, too. Children who remember to say "Please" will know right away what's up, and those who don't will not mind the reminder. Ages 3-5. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

Mr. Panda offers doughnuts to a series of ill-mannered black-and-white animals, finally granting the whole box to the lemur who says "please." Gray backgrounds and Mr. Panda's beleaguered expression contrast nicely with the lemur's perky energy and the technicolor doughnuts he consumes, but Mr. Panda's ultimate admitted dislike of the treats lessens the impact of the joke. (c) Copyright 2015. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

The essential words are right in the titleand somehow forgotten by all but one of the animals offered a selection of brightly colored doughnuts.The titular panda is large and blocky, black and white against a neutral background. Mr. Panda's expression is neutral as well, lending him an air of solemnity though he carries a lovely box of doughnuts and wears a ridiculously tiny hat with just one word on it: Doughnuts. "Would you like a doughnut?" he asks several black-and-white creatures (a penguin, a skunk, an ostrich, an orca) in turn. The ostrich declines, "No, go away," but the others speak right up. "Give me the pink one," says the penguin. "I want the blue one and the yellow one," says the skunk. Mr. Panda's ever-so-slightly passive-aggressive but certainly dignified response: "No, you cannot have a doughnut. I have changed my mind." By the time a ring-tailed lemur comes up with not only a polite "May I?" but a big "PLEASE, Mr. Panda?" tiny young listeners may be so pleasedand relievedto see the dazzling treats given away that they won't notice how deftly they've been given a manners lesson. Households with toddlers may find a new family catchphrase as Mr. Panda demonstrates one approach to eliciting those elusive "magic words." Simple yet funny enough for multiple readings. (Picture book. 2-5) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

A formidably grumpy Mr. Panda and his box of doughnuts are at the center of this droll book about manners. He has a simple question: Would you like a doughnut? The other animals not only want doughnuts but each has a specific demand: Give me the pink one. I want the blue one and the yellow one. Mr. Panda's reply is consistent: No, you cannot have a doughnut. I have changed my mind. After blowing off a penguin, a skunk, and a killer whale, Mr. Panda asks, Would anyone else like a doughnut? He is looking directly out of the page, challenging the reader to guess why none of the animals got their treats. Finally, a cheerful lemur reaps the rewards by using please and thank you. Antony reinforces the idea that manners are absolute by contrasting the black-and-white animals with the rainbow-colored box of doughnuts. He also has fun with the layout, particularly with the lemur and his penchant for hanging upside down. Simply stated and slightly aggressive this etiquette book lays down the law.--Dean, Kara Copyright 2015 Booklist