Perfect Picture Book Friday! Peter Panda Melts Down by Artie Bennett

21 Feb

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because I think everyone has a melt down now and again. 😉

Peter-Panda-Melts-Down-Hardcover-P9781609054113Peter Panda Melts Down

by Artie Bennett

Illustrated by John Nez

2 – 5 years

Hardcover: 40 pages

Publisher: Blue Apple Books (February 11, 2014)

Theme/Topic- Temper Tantrums

Genre- Realistic Fiction

Opening and Synopsis-


Let’s meet the Pandas.

Here’s Peter. He’s three!

And Mama, who calls,

“Climb down from that tree!”

Peter Panda is a good little cub but he gets VERY upset when things don’t go his way, or if he looses something, or if he has to do something he doesn’t want to do, or if… well, you get the idea. Mama Panda is very patient, but even the best Mama’s sometimes have enough!

Why I liked this book – This is a very cute book that I think young kids will really enjoy. Peter Panda is very cute, and understandable. Mr. Bennett’s story really shows a toddler melt down very well! I think a lot of parents will relate to this book. I think the illustrator really captures the emotions on the Panda family. Just LOOK!


I also like the twist at the end of the story. I actually laughed out loud! I also like that Mama Panda throws a tantrum. That was hysterical. My mom told me that once I put her on time out when I was a toddler because she got frustrated and yelled. 😉


I think kids will love this book. Mr. Bennett has done it again, even though he left his normally scheduled train to write this book. He wrote the VERY awesome Butt Book and Poopendous (see my review HERE). I got to meet Mr. Bennett at a book signing I was at. It’s so nice when you meet an author and he turns out to be a really great guy. He also promised me that he will get back to the important stuff with a book about burps and farts that comes out in July. 😉


Activities and Resources –

PBS Kids has a whole section on how to talk to your kids about melt downs and gives good examples. Click HERE to read the article. has tips to prevent melt downs in toddlers – click HERE. has great advice on what to do during the tantrum – click HERE.

Visit Mr. Bennett’s site HERE!

Follow Mr. Bennett on Twitter HERE!

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!

60 Responses to “Perfect Picture Book Friday! Peter Panda Melts Down by Artie Bennett”

  1. Kirsten W. Larson February 21, 2014 at 8:39 am #

    Oh, what fun! I wish I’d found this one when my kids were still in the tantrum stage. I wonder how they would have related to it.


  2. Sue Heavenrich February 21, 2014 at 8:42 am #

    Like Kirsten, I wish this book had been around when my kids were at that tantrum stage. They would have put me in time out for sure.


  3. The Story Reading Ape February 21, 2014 at 9:06 am #

    MORE great drawings 😀


  4. ontheplumtree February 21, 2014 at 9:25 am #

    Meltdowns in toddlers ~ ??? I just had one myself! I love these drawings ~ a lovely thing akin to what I am trying to do with rhyme in my book Anabel’s Tantrum. Parents need all the help they can get!


  5. Susanna Leonard Hill February 21, 2014 at 9:52 am #

    Although my children never had meltdowns (guffaw, snort :)) I’m sure this is a very useful book 🙂 I too have met Mr. Bennett, and I’ve read his other 2 books, but hadn’t heard of this one, so thanks, Erik!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks February 22, 2014 at 10:13 am #

      Mr. Bennett is awesome – when I met him, he was actually the one who stopped by and said ‘hi!’ He’s a very nice guy! 😀


  6. Laura Anne Miller February 21, 2014 at 10:29 am #

    ooooh….I am all too too familiar with toddler meltdowns these days….not from MY perfect grandblessings….(uh….maybe I need a book about telling the truth) any recommendations? This sounds like a fun read – and I love the illustrations you shared. Pandas are just fun to draw. We actually got to see the pandas at the Toledo zoo when they toured and one of them was awake and eating – which I guess is a special thing to see. The other was just sleeping in a ball of black and white fur.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks February 22, 2014 at 10:15 am #

      I like pandas. And, grandchildren are always perfect! 😉


      • Laura Anne Miller February 22, 2014 at 12:31 pm #

        Ah – you will be a good grandparent when it’s your turn….but not too soon – you have lots of books to write and places to go and people to meet.


      • thiskidreviewsbooks February 24, 2014 at 7:15 am #

        Thank you! 😀


  7. Patricia Tilton February 21, 2014 at 10:49 am #

    What a cute story that kids will certainly identify with. Only you could put your mother in time out, Erik. Might be a fun story to write Erik, with a twist. And his upcoming book really looks fantastic. That will be fun!


  8. LovableLobo February 21, 2014 at 11:36 am #

    Artie Bennett’s books are so funny! This one looks really cute. The new one I’m sure will be a hit, especially with young boys. Great review, SuperKid Erik!


  9. Joanna February 21, 2014 at 11:41 am #

    I just think the word meltdown is so descriptive! Ha, love that you turned the tables on your mom!!


  10. stanleyandkatrina February 21, 2014 at 12:18 pm #

    ” My mom told me that once I put her on time out when I was a toddler because she got frustrated and yelled. ” What a riot! Great review and I do like the illustrations. I know I have had my shares of meltdowns over the years.


  11. julie rowan zoch February 21, 2014 at 12:43 pm #

    Dare I read it and be reminded of the tantrums I have thrown? May just have to take the risk! Thanks, E!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks February 22, 2014 at 10:23 am #

      As a kid, or as an adult? Because you’re too cool to yell as an adult! 😉


      • julie rowan zoch February 22, 2014 at 10:30 am #

        If ever I felt an adult ‘tantrum’ about to escape, I ranfor the bathroom, bedroom or garden. The emotions are still there, it’s how we deal with them that changes as we mature.


      • thiskidreviewsbooks February 22, 2014 at 10:32 am #

        Well, yes. Good point. But sometimes it IS needed to yell (especially if you wanted to talk to my Great-Grandpa). 🙂


      • julie rowan zoch February 22, 2014 at 1:52 pm #

        Ha! I can also whistle loudly, and that has helped ‘gather’ wandered-off children.


      • thiskidreviewsbooks February 24, 2014 at 7:16 am #

        Lucky you! I can’t whistle (I tried to learn when I didn’t have my front teeth because Josie could whistle). 😉


      • julie rowan zoch February 24, 2014 at 9:53 am #

        It took weeks, the summer before the 8th grade, to learn with my thumb and pointer – formed as you would make an ‘ok’. Get someone to show you – it’s worth it!


      • thiskidreviewsbooks February 25, 2014 at 7:39 am #

        I’ll try! 😀


      • julie rowan zoch February 25, 2014 at 9:06 am #

        Good, I’ll be checking in!


      • thiskidreviewsbooks March 1, 2014 at 12:11 pm #

        *thhhhhhht* *thhhhhhhht* 😉


  12. patientdreamer February 21, 2014 at 4:55 pm #

    Oh my, what a great story. Love that you put your Mum in timeout! Mr Bennett’s up coming book looks a riot too. Thanks Erik!


  13. Genevieve Petrillo February 21, 2014 at 4:56 pm #

    You put your mom in timeout??? GAH! Why didn’t I think of that?

    Love and licks,


  14. Catherine Johnson February 21, 2014 at 6:14 pm #

    Love Panda-monium!


  15. readingwithrhythm February 21, 2014 at 9:14 pm #

    Boy! I’ve seen my share of meltdowns! Sometimes I get myself outta there in a hurry. Sometimes I charge on in to help diffuse the situation. I’ve sat with many a young one through time-out. I need this book! Panda Meltdown sounds greaaaat!


  16. Stacy S. Jensen February 21, 2014 at 10:41 pm #

    A book including meltdowns … sounds like something oddly familiar in our house. 🙂 We’ll see if we can find this. Thanks for all the resources.


  17. tinamcho February 21, 2014 at 11:34 pm #

    Looks like a great book! That’s funny you put your mom in time-out! (when you were little)


    • thiskidreviewsbooks February 22, 2014 at 10:30 am #

      Yes. When I was little. I don’t do that anymore. (for reasons that include it backfiring on me…) 😉


  18. itsybitsymom February 22, 2014 at 7:53 am #

    Thanks for the great recommendation! Adding this to my list!


  19. artiebennett February 22, 2014 at 11:34 am #

    Thank you, Erik, so much for giving Peter Panda a platform to melt down upon–and thank you, everyone, for the kind and very funny comments!

    You’ll be hearing from me again when “Belches, Burps, and Farts–Oh My!” disgorges in July.


    • Sam February 23, 2014 at 3:43 pm #

      This looks neat and quirky and I like the illustrations! Great review, Erik


    • thiskidreviewsbooks February 24, 2014 at 7:14 am #

      Thank you for taking the time to comment, Mr. Bennett! 😀 I can’t wait to read BB&F! 😉


  20. Darlene February 23, 2014 at 8:29 pm #

    This book looks so cute and I love pandas. (Who doesn’t?)


  21. Stephanie@Fairday's Blog February 24, 2014 at 12:04 am #

    This sounds like a great book for kids and parents! I have some friends who have kids in the tantrum stage and will be letting them know about this one. Thanks for sharing!


  22. Aditi Bose March 2, 2014 at 5:24 am #

    yup! i’m facing tantrums all day. and writing kiddie stories here is my only respite. do have a look. a few good rods from you about our site would mean a lot to us.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks March 6, 2014 at 4:59 pm #

      Thank you Ms. Bose! I believe I had emailed you, but I will do it again, if I didn’t. 🙂


  23. Myra GB March 17, 2014 at 8:00 pm #

    We love Artie Bennett in GatheringBooks. We received a review copy of The Butt Book, which we simply adored. This one looks like such a fun read too.


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