Review: Please Mr Panda by Steve Antony

Kids soon learn there's only one way to get a doughnut from Mr Panda – ask nicely


Don't mess withe Mr Panda – he's holding all the doughnuts

Teaching good manners to the little charmers has to begin as soon as they start speaking. If you've ever felt like you're firing 'please' back at your kid every time they make an impolite request, never fear. Here comes the cavalry in the form of a new picture book from Steve Antony.

Mr Panda has a very tempting looking box of iced doughnuts that he offers to an almost endless line of cute furry friends. But when he receives a rude response from the black and white animals, he gives the whole lot of them short shrift. Until finally he meets someone who loves doughnuts AND knows how to ask for them properly. Can you guess the rest?

Antony's illustrations have a certain charm and bags of style, so Please Mr Panda isn't just a cursory lesson in manners – it's suffused with a deadpan wit that will appeal to parents as much as children. And by the end of the story, if the nation's tiny tots still haven't learned the art of common courtesy, you can always confiscate their book – and their doughnuts. Hodder, age: 2+



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