Good Night Mr Panda

9781338275957. ANTONY, Steve. Good Night, Mr. Panda. illus. by Steve Antony. 32p. Scholastic. Aug. 2018. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781338275957. POP
PreS-Gr 1—After attempting to teach a bevy of boorish beasts good manners (Please, Mr. Panda; Thank You, Mr. Panda; I'll Wait, Mr. Panda), the titular character now tries to convince the animals to adhere to a proper bedtime routine. They blithely ignore his suggestions that they brush their teeth, take baths, and don their pajamas. Mr. Panda doesn't respond, but his hilarious grimaces and scowls say it all. As usual, the only one listening to the wise panda is an endearingly enthusiastic ring-tailed lemur. Antony's appealingly spare artwork is flavored with whimsy, especially his depiction of rotund Mr. Panda, whose doughnut-covered jammies are a witty nod to the tasty treats he hawked in his debut outing. Occasional spots of color pop against the dark blue backdrop. The ending falls a bit flat in comparison with the earlier volumes. Still, this snarky yet ultimately sweet story is bound to amuse little ones.
VERDICT With its deadpan humor, this is a welcome departure from more formulaic bedtime books. A funny and original one-on-one nighttime read.

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