by Gail Aldwin
With gorgeous illustrations and age appropriate language, Pandemonium is a great way to teach children a new vocab word or two.
Cute and clever.
Vibrant and colorful.
Zechmeister’s illustrations do a wonderful job of depicting the story for children not yet able to read in a colorful, eye-catching and distinctive style.
Cute, vibrant, and quick, I expect that Pandemonium could be the quite the enjoyable story for young readers. As I mentioned above, I simply love the play on words both with the character “Peta the purple panda” and the name PANDA-monium. (I love a good pun.)
I really appreciated the attempt Aldwin made to expose young readers to new vocabulary and I think the association of a mischievous panda and the word pandemonium will prove to be quite effective in helping children learn this new noun.
This book is on the shorter side. Had it been a tad longer, more of Aldwin’s message might have been able to come through.
The first time that I read this story, I wasn’t exactly certain what the message of Pandemonium was. There were two great themes I was able to detect after a second read, but I just wished for a little bit more clarity regarding what the lesson was that young readers were learning from Peta and also what her journey was.
The Last Word
Pandemonium is certainly a fun and entertaining way for children to learn a new word!
Cute and clever…
Age Group: Children
Related Cause: Tolerance
Illustrator: Fiona Zechmeister