Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Xander's Panda Party

by Matt Phelan, Linda Sue Park


Party with a panda—and all creatures tall and small—in Newbery Medal author Linda Sue Park and brilliant illustrator Matt Phelan's endearing new picture book.

Format: Hardcover
ISBN-13/ EAN: 9780547558653
ISBN-10: 0547558651
Pages: 40
Publication Date: 09/03/2013
Carton Quantity: 26
Grade Level: P,K,1,2,3
Age Range: 4,5,6,7,8


Xander planned a panda party. Yes, a dandy whoop-de-do!

But Xander was the only panda. Just one panda at the zoo.

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!

Matt Phelan

MATT PHELAN many books include Very Hairy Bear by Alice Schertle and The Storm in the Barn, winner of the Scott O'Dell Award. He lives in Philadelphia. www.mattphelan.com Read More


Linda Sue Park

Linda Sue Park is the author of the Newbery Medal book A Single Shard, many other novels, and several picture books. She lives in Rochester, New York, with her family. For more information visit www.lspark.com. Read More


"Phelan takes Park's jaunty story about a panda with a complicated social life and develops it still further. . . . There's food for thought throughout."
Publishers Weekly, starred review

"The upbeat, mostly rhyming text provides a surprising amount of information about animal families and species without tripping up the pace. . . . Perfect for young animal lovers and a great read-aloud for storytime."
School Library Journal, starred review

"Liberal use of internal rhyme. . . makes Park's text sing as it relates how Xander tackles each new challenge."
The Horn Book Magazine, starred review

"Phelan's ink and watercolor compositions offer the perfect counterpoint to the tightly wrought verses, with playfulness inherent in the fluid inky outlines encasing broadly applied brushstrokes."
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review

"Newbery Medalist Park's playful rhyming text introduces young kids to different species of animals. . . Share this story about the importance of inclusion with birthday kids and those fond of a trip to the zoo."
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