A Starred Publishers Weekly Review!
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.
Wow Gaiman and Pratchett predicted all my fandoms back in 1990
“‘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…”
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.