Monday, June 24, 2013

Review: Rainbow Panda and the Firecracker Fiasco by Eileen Wacker

Today most of the pandas are preparing for the New Year’s celebration. They are sweeping and cleaning, planting flowers and writing wishes on ribbons. But Rainbow Panda really wants to be a hero and has an explosive plan. Can Rainbow Panda convince others to join him? Will he become a hero or just get everyone in a lot of trouble? Rainbow Panda and the Firecracker Fiasco is the 6th book in the award-winning cross-cultural series Fujimini Adventure Series that invite readers to explore Fujimini Island with a cast of memorable characters who embark on unexpected and hilarious adventures.
Though this is the sixth book in the series, this is actually the first book I've read from the series.

In Rainbow Panda and the Firecracker Fiasco, Rainbow Panda wants to be a hero and beloved by the other inhabitants of Fujimini Island. He plans on doing this by using firecrackers to keep a Dynasty Dragon awake and showering the island with rain and ensuring luck throughout the year.

The story mostly revolves around firecracker safety. I don't know how many kids actually play with fireworks in the U.S., but here in the Philippines, there are usually a number of kids who get injured during the New Year's celebrations. Because of that, I feel like this book does teach an important and relevant lesson for kids, who tend to let their curiosity get the best of them.

As for the layout, the illustrations take up the top half of the page while the text stays in the lower half. I think it would be better if there was more variety to the layout to make it more interesting. The illustrations, on the other hand, were just okay for me.

Thanks to NetGalley and Bookmasters, Inc. for the e-copy.


  1. It teaches kids about firecracker safety.
  2. There's a glossary at the back that teaches kids about Asian culture.
  3. The Fujimini Island is filled with interesting characters.


  1. The layout can be a little boring for some.

Dim sum comes in many forms like dumplings, buns, steamed rice, spring rolls, and sweets.

  1. Your kid likes fireworks.
  2. Your kid likes books featuring animal characters.
  3. You want to teach your child about firework safety. 




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