Oh dear, the 10th rabbit child is missing…. How could that even have happened?! While little red panda Pai, who thought Wildpark life wouldn’t hold ready anything new for him at all, is still wondering about that mysterious missing person case, his friend Wanda has already sensed a new adventure. But even her detective agency suffers from a shortage of staff faced with the high amount of witnesses. Without hesitation, the racoon girl is with the pink bow tie in her fur pushed Pai right into the investigations and declared Pai to be detective assistant. How exciting! But will Pai be able to perform his new task? Or will he suffer the same fate as Anderson? (Yep. I AM referring to the Sherlock series in a picture book review… #iamsorry #butijustcouldnothelpit 😅)
Title: Kleiner Panda Pai – Auf leisen Tatzen
Author: Saskia Hula
Illustrator: Kerstin Schoene
Publisher: Loewe Verlag, Bindlach
Publishing Date: 16.01.2017
Pages: 32 pages
Price: € 12.95 (hardcover)
Recommendation: for readers of the age of 3 years and up / language level A2/B1
Ranking: 3.75 of 5.0
When I discovered Panda Pai for the first time, I’ve instantly fallen in love with the illustrations. I love the way the characters (and especially their facial expressions) look like. Merlin’s beard, aren’t they cute? 😀
The style of painting seemed to be familiar to me, but a proper reason didn’t come to my mind. So I visited Kerstin Schoene’s website and finally realised why. “Die Geschichte vom kleinen Siebenschläfer, der nicht einschlafen konnte” and “Ein Haufen Freunde” are amongst the books she has illustrated so far, and I really enjoyed them.
I also enjoyed her illustrations for „Panda Pai“, because they are so colourful and cheerful. And I mean, the main character is a red panda. I know, liking red cat-bears is kinda trendy these days, but let’s face it: You can’t resist them, can you? 😀 They are SO adorable. It’s also quite difficult to resist Kerstin Schoene’s depiction of racoons, rabbits and meerkats as well😉
About the story, I like Saskia Hula’s choice of words best. I think her sentences sound quite melodic and there is something special about them, but some of the words she used I find unnecessarily difficult to understand for children at the age of three (like geraunt or dubios, for instance.) I also missed an arch of suspense. As it is a detective story, I expected it to be way more thrilling. But if you pay only a little attention to the illustrations, the story is quite predictable. Too bad! 😕
Though I liked the gorgeous illustrations and the author’s style of writing pretty much, I’ve got to deduct 1.25 points; 0.75 points for the lack of suspense and 0.5 more points for the difficult language choice.
In my humble opinion the story of “Kleiner Panda Pai – Auf leisen Tatzen” really is a cute one and worth a read, but unfortunately, it hasn’t been able to convince me entirely.
Dear Enthusiasts of the German Language
It wasn’t easy to recommend a language level. recommend this book, but I go with A2/B1. “Kleiner Panda Pai – Auf leisen Tatzen” wouldn’t be my first choice, if you would ask me for a recommendation to improve your reading skills in German. In the texts are words used, which I would never use in a normal everyday life conversation; geraunt, verdrossen or dubios, for instance.