Welcome to Children's Corner book reviews from 4MBS Classic Radio FM in Brisbane. Here you will find short annotations of the children's books reviewed by Kerry Neary in Children's Corner on 4MBS, together with the details you need to find them at your favourite bookstore. Any prices shown are the publisher's Australian recommended price and may vary depending on where you shop. You are welcome to use these reviews for newsletters and the like with appropriate acknowledgement.

Dec 30, 2014

Please Mr Panda

Steve Antony
Hachette Children’s Books
ISBN: 9781444916645           RRP: $24.99

What a delightful way to impress on children the importance of good manners. Mr Panda holds a tray of doughnuts. While he politely offers to share with other animals, their responses are unacceptable. Then lemur arrives, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, with manners so perfect that he is given the whole tray – but there is another reason for that. The whole of this book utters pleasant simplicity but the effect is quite assertive. The illustrations are mainly black and white crayon on a soft grey background but they are bold and perky. Readers will smile as events unfold because they know what is happening – at least until the very end. Something special for the under 5s and anyone who cares for them.