The Giant Panda Party, Paperback

The Giant Panda Party Paperback

Illustrated by Joanne Nethercott

Part of the Picture Kelpies series

3 out of 5 (1 rating)


Sunshine, the giant panda, is grumpy. His birthday is coming and he's sure no one will remember.

But his best friend Sweetie has a plan. She sneaks around the zoo at night, asking all the other animals whether they can sing.

The lion roars, the python hisses and the chimps say oo oo ooo!

But which zoo animal has the best singing voice? Will grumpy Sunshine get a giant birthday surprise? Gill Arbuthnott's hilarious story of animal hijinks and Joanne Nethercott's endearing and lively illustrations combine for an entertaining romp set in Edinburgh Zoo!

From the team who brought you Lost at the Zoo.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32 pages, colour illustrations
  • Publisher: Floris Books
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Picture storybooks
  • ISBN: 9780863159510



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Gill Arbuthnott and Joanne Nethercott, the author/illustrator team behind <u>Lost at the Zoo</u>, the story of Rory the mouse and his adventures at the Edinburgh Zoo, return to that same milieu in this second title for Floris Book's <i>Picture Kelpies</i> line, intended to highlight and promote Scottish-themed picture-books. When Sunshine the giant panda is despondent, believing that no one will remember his upcoming birthday, his friend and partner Sweetie decides to arrange a birthday surprise for him, convincing all of the other animals to join her in a special serenade...Although I wouldn't describe the narrative here as a particular favourite - I'm always leery of stories in which zoo animals have more freedom than they would do in real life - I did find the contrast between Sweetie's internal response to each animal's 'singing,' and her spoken response to those animals quite amusing, and I imagine young readers and listeners will feel the same. The concluding scene, in which all the animals add their voice to Sweetie's birthday song would make for an excellent read-aloud moment, I think, providing lots of opportunities for sound-word fun. The colourful artwork by Joanne Nethercott was immensely appealing, from the lovely endpapers to Sweetie's many droll expressions, and adds to the overall enjoyment of the tale. Recommended to children who enjoy animal stories, who like pandas, or who are heading to the Edinburgh Zoo.

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