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The Giant Panda Party

Gill Arbuthnott
Joanne Nethercott


Range: Picture Kelpies Paperback 32 pages colour illustrations 230 x 265 mm ISBN: 9780863159510 Publication date: 21st March 2013
Genres: Animals, Humour Ideal for ages: 3, 4, 5 and 6

Sunshine, the grumpy panda, is sure everyone has forgotten his birthday. But his best friend Sweetie hasn’t!

Sweetie sneaks around the zoo, asking the other animals whether they can sing. The lion roars, the python hisses and the chimps say oo oo ooo! Will Sunshine get a giant birthday surprise?


'In this fun story...Sweetie organises a birthday surprise for Sunshine... It's a lovely excuse to describe the characteristics of these animals and in particular the sounds they make.'
-- Lothian Life

'The lively blend of excellent single and double-page illustrations is constantly entertaining as is the saga as a whole. Many five to seven-plus-year-olds will be delighted by this offering!'
-- The School Librarian

Giant Panda Party


Gill Arbuthnott was born and brought up in Edinburgh, but escaped briefly to study in St Andrews and Southampton. She couldn’t stay away, however, and now lives in Edinburgh with her family and Leonard the cat. When she’s not writing, she works as a biology…

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Joanne Nethercott is originally from Northern Ireland. She moved to Scotland in 2001 to study illustration at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee. She has had work commissioned by the National Theatre of Scotland. She lives in Edinburgh and works from…

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