Introducing Pix the Panda!

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Pix the Panda is a cartoon drawn on paper that came to life and decided to travel the globe looking for interesting places to photograph. In Book 1 of Pix the Panda’s World Tour, scheduled for release August 8, Pix visits the historic city of London. He tells us about Buckingham Palace, London Bridge, and much more! At the end of the book kids have the opportunity to make their own passports and add a London stamp. There is also a special Pix that they can color and cut out to send on more adventures!

Today I’d like to share a special interview with… who else?… Pix!

Hi Pix. First of all, tell us a little bit about yourself. Where did you come from, and why are you made out of paper?

Hi, thank you for having me here! I don’t have a very clear memory of where I came from, but when I woke up for the very first time I was in a large room filled with stacks of paper and all different colors of paints. I wasn’t aware of much until I felt this tickling feeling and it was an artist with a pencil drawing all my details on a piece of white paper. I was somewhat pleased when I got inked and colored, but I really felt incomplete until the scissors cut me out and I was finally free to run and jump and climb, anywhere I wanted to go!

What was the first thing you did after you were cut loose?

Well, the artist stepped out of the room for a minute, and I was afraid she might put me back in the paper when she returned. So I looked around quickly for a hiding place, and I saw an envelope. It had some writing on the outside and a stamp in the corner, but I didn’t take the time to read it. I just jumped right in!

Where did you end up after you jumped into the envelope?

The envelope got dropped into a mailbox, and after a long time shaking around in the dark I saw a sliver of light. The envelope was being opened by someone I had never seen before! A bit frightened, I jumped out and took off running. I dove through a window and fluttered to the ground. And there I was, right outside Buckingham Palace. Naturally, I started taking photos of everything around me.

How did you end up back in the United States?

After I’d seen everything there was to see in London, I started feeling bad about leaving my artist so suddenly. I wondered if she was worried about me. So I climbed back up into that window and found another envelope to climb into. I must be pretty lucky, because that envelope took me back home to my artist. Through chatting with her, I found out she was really nice, and she didn’t even mind if I took a little trip now and then!

Thank you for taking the time to talk with us today, Pix. Is there anything else you’d like to say before you go?

My pleasure! I just want to tell kids everywhere to keep on exploring and discovering. I know you can’t just hop into an envelope and travel as easily as I can, but you can explore the world through books. Keep reading and asking questions about what you read, and one day you will be ready for your own real life adventures!

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