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Red Panda & Moon Bear by Jarod Roselló

Siblings with superpowers?
Magic hoodies?
Brain stretching vocabulary?
Laugh out loud silliness?
What's not to love about this graphic novel by Jarod Roselló?

I began reading Red Panda & Moon Bear one day as I waited for my students to arrive back from recess. I found myself laughing out loud right from the beginning, and it didn’t take long for students to gather around my rocking chair to see why I was laughing. As I shared a few pages with them, a student grabbed some paper to rip up so we could pull names out of a hat to see who would read the book after me.

Red Panda & Moon Bear is still working its way through the list of interested readers, but here’s what students have to say so far:

It was a funny book! I liked how sometimes you think a situation is bad but it ends up just being normal.

Each chapter has a mystery. My favorite one was when the kids were all getting nightmares and a girl had a nightmare that the wifi didn’t work.

This book kept me interested the whole time. It has aliens in it. It has a ghost in it. It even has an ice cream monster. That’s a first for me.

Final Teacher Thoughts:

The rich language that Roselló weaves throughout his book makes it perfect for vocabulary and word work instruction and discussions. My wheels are turning…so much potential!

My favorite thing about this book is the relationship between the siblings. Moon Bear idolizes Red Panda, and a heart appears over his head whenever she says something that makes him feel good. I found this endearing and can’t wait to read more books about this duo.

That’s right, folks: There’s another Red Panda and Moon Bear on the horizon! You don’t have to take my word for it. Read below:

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