More than meta: The Panda Problem pulls back the curtain to give kids a look at what actually makes a story work, all while making them laugh so hard, it might actually become a problem.
Inspires and empowers: Panda makes kids want to engage in random acts of silly storytelling all their own, and shows them they can.
The beloved Deborah Underwood: Deborah has garnered starred reviews, spots on state lists, and the admiration of teachers, librarians, booksellers, parents, and kids across the country.
Rise of the mischief-makers: From Grover in The Monster at the End of This Book to the eponymous Snappsy the Alligator, Panda joins a long, successful legacy of characters who not only break down the fourth wall but chew it up and spit it out and use the bits to build a boat to Antarctica.
Exciting debut artist: Hannah Marks is new and notable with a talent for melding sweetness and mischief into total hilarity. Definitely an artist to watch.
Scene-stealing aliens: Come for the brilliant storytellling; stay for the adorably fluffy aliens.
An Indie Next List Selection
"Master of meta Underwood's witty narrative and Marks' cute, colored-pencil illustrations come together to create a comical struggle for control between a narrator and their rebellious creation. Highly entertaining and laugh-out-loud funny." —Kirkus
"Being a narrator should be straightforward . . . But what happens when the protagonist refuses to play along? . . . Readers will gleefully embrace the anarchy that Underwood’s supremely silly repartee has unleashed." —Publishers Weekly
“Excellent . . . [a] cute, cute book.” —School Library Connection
"Kid-friendly . . . visually appealing . . . cheeky . . . adorable . . . Underwood’s latest meta tale creatively explains storytelling fundamentals, slyly defining plot, setting, and characters as the panda upends the norms. Now, thanks to the panda’s shenanigans, readers will be 'story experts,' too." —The Horn Book
“This read-aloud thrives on its quirky self-awareness, and it’s an entertaining introduction to humorous meta-textuality for young kids. . . . Listeners who take to this may want to check out Underwood’s series starring Cat, starting with Here Comes the Easter Cat.” —BCCB
"A hilarious, inventive, laughter-inducing meta tale. . . . A joyful read aloud." —School Library Journal, The Classroom Bookshelf blog
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