Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Disney-Hyperion
Format read: ARC via publisher
Author Barney Saltzberg introduces us to Chengdu - a clever nod to the Chengdu Giant Panda Reserve - who is a gung-ho panda who can do a lot by himself. But even though he can climb, push and explore, there are some things that he still needs his other fellow pandas to do.
Saltzberg has managed to write a charming and intelligent book about the importance of being proactive and also learning how to work in a team. Chengdu's willingness to do the latter also isn't framed as a weakness, but as a smart thing to, when one realizes their specific limitations. It's a great and important lesson, which will influence many young minds as they grow up.
With short, easily digestible sentences, and lovely art with a muted palette that focuses on Chengdu and his family, this is a perfect book for young readers.
Highly recommend, full stop.