Jan 24, 2023
Benson Shum shares ANZU THE GREAT KAIJU, a story about a kaiju with an unconventional gift, and it’s sequel, ANZU THE GREAT LISTENER, which asks us to consider how not all acts of kindness are perceived as intended.
BOOK DESCRIPTION: Anzu the Great Kaiju by Benson Shum
Page Length: 40 pages
Ages 4 to 8
All great Kaiju are born with a super power to strike fear in the heart of the city. But Anzu is different.
Instead of mayhem, he likes May flowers. Instead of striking fear, he prefers to be sincere.
Can Anzu find a way to make his family proud and stay true to his kind self?
From Disney animator and illustrator Bensom Shum comes an adorable and heartwarming picture book about making your own way and the unexpected power of gentleness.
Anzu the Great Listener by Benson Shum
Page Length: 40 pages
Ages 4 to 8
Anzu the kaiju loves to tend to his bonsai.
Whenever he feels overwhelmed or unsettled, it helps him pause and reminds him to just . . . breathe.
One day, when Anzu hears crying in the distance, he's eager to help! The flower-power that makes his bonsai bloom has a way of making others smile.
But when Anzu's flowers seem to lose their power, hurting more than they help, he's not sure where to turn--until he remembers some valuable lessons he learned from his bonsai tree.
In Anzu the Great Listener, creator and Walt Disney Studios animator Benson Shum illustrates the importance of patience, empathy, and above all, taking the time to listen.
(5:53) “What if not all of kaijus want to destroy? What if they wanna bring joy or kindness? What would that look like in their world?”
(7:13) “Sometimes I think it's a nice reminder to just listen, you know? And that silence between the two can make all the difference.”
(10:45) “I think even kids, when they find something that's individual to them, making them happy, would actually make people around them just as happy, ”
(14:53) “We all listen in different ways. Just letting the person finish what they're saying is an act of listening, you know? …And maybe not trying to solve a problem if they have a problem and just kind of let them speak what they're saying. And then, if they ask for help, then maybe you can jump in and have a suggestion. I think that's an act of listening as well.“
(18:06) “Be kind. Listen to one another. Ask your teacher, a librarian like yourself, a friend, a family member, “How are you doing today?” And listen to what they have to say. To be heard and listened to can make a person's day from just those few words.”
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