A Starred Publishers Weekly Review!

Chu’s Day

Neil Gaiman, illus. by Adam Rex. Harper, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-06-201781-9
No wolves in the walls or button-eyed parents in this story about a baby panda named Chu. Yet Gaiman builds suspense from the enigmatic opening sentence (“When Chu sneezed, bad things happened”), which frames a portrait of the roly-poly protagonist, decked out in a striped T-shirt, aviator cap, and goggles. Gaiman maximizes anxiety by having Chu visit a tranquil library (“There was old-book-dust in the air”) and a crowded diner (“There was a lot of pepper in the air”). Twice, Chu’s anxious parents ask, “Are you going to sneeze?” and itchy-nosed Chu—snapping his goggles over his eyes in preparation—does not follow through. That evening, under a big top whose performing animals echo the menagerie in Rex’s Tree Ring Circus, Chu cannot resist, and his true power is revealed. Gaiman’s comic timing gets a boost from strategic book design and from Rex’s hyperreal paintings, which emphasize Chu’s round, fuzzy form and apparent harmlessness. Gaiman and Rex deliver a classic one-two-three punch, making hay from the notion that a cuddly baby panda is not to be trusted.
This makes me so happy!
(It comes out on January the 8th. Here’s an Amazon link, for the curious: http://j.mp/chusday.)

Wow Gaiman and Pratchett predicted all my fandoms back in 1990

nerdspatter:

“‘I wrote a book once. It was a triffic book. It was nearly eight pages long. It was about this pirate who was a famous detective.

And I drew pictures.’ And then in a flash of largess, he added, ‘If you like I’ll let you read it. I bet it was a lot more exciting than any book you’ve lost. ‘Specially the bit in the spaceship where the dinosaur comes out

and fights with the cowboys…”

 -Good Omens

SHERLOCK…..AND DOCTOR WHO…. IN ONE PARAGRAPH… IN A BOOK FROM 1990…. 

They must have received an omen or something….

Guys it’s time to get off tumblr

Hope you think this is as awesome as I do

OH JESUS THERES ANOTHER REFERENCE A FEW PARAGRAPHS LATER

“You haven’t seen two men in a big black car?”

HOW THE HELL DID THEY GET SUPERNATURAL IN THERE TOO?!??!

 

Dinosaurs on a spaceship. Hell yeah. Remember where you saw it first.