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

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!

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60 replies

  1. 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. 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. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

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

  9. ” 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.

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

  11. 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!

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

    Love and licks,

  13. 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!

  14. 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.

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

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

  17. 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.

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

  19. 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!

  20. 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.

  21. 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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