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Panda has a box of rather fabulous looking doughnuts and offers them to the other animals. However, none of them say please – the whale, who wants all of them and then expects Mr Panda to get some more, is particularly rude. And so Panda moves on until he meets Lemur. Lemur addresses Panda respectfully and uses the magic word – no, not Abracadabra but please. Lemur gets the lot. It turns out the Mr Panda didn’t even like doughnuts anyway.

Or is that how Lemur wins the doughnuts? I read this to the kids and Jess is adamant that Lemur uses hypnotism to get them – weirdly, this is also what Kate, my colleague at Heffers thought.

DSCF7215I can see their point.

But whatever – whether this has a message about the importance of manners or the cleverness of hypnotising lemurs, it is bold and fresh and has the kind of iconic pictures you want to get turned into prints so you can frame them on your wall or re-style your kitchen to go with them. I would also like to try and make doughnuts that look exactly like them.

I don’t believe that Panda doesn’t like them. How could anything or anyone not like such fun coloured doughnuts? As Toby commented, he looks kind of grumpy throughout the whole book – maybe he’s cross because he’s on a diet and can’t have them. In which case, perhaps the highly skilled Lemur can hypnotise him to stop his cravings. If that’s something he can do of course. When I next see Steve Antony I shall interrogate, I mean ask, him about the hypnotism thing….

This is so different to Antony’s previous book with Hodder – the fantastic The Queen’s Hat. You never know what you’re going to get with Steve Antony and I like that. It’s lovely to have author/illustrators whose work is identifiable and predictable like a nice snugly comfort blanket, but it’s good nice to have ones that shake you up a bit. It will be interesting to see what he comes up with next.

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