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The Nian Monster
by Andrea Wang and Alina Chau


Overview - Tong tong The legendary Nian monster has returned at Chinese New Year. With horns, scales, and wide, wicked jaws, Nian is intent on devouring Shanghai, starting with Xingling The old tricks to keep him away don't work on Nian anymore, but Xingling is clever.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Tong tong The legendary Nian monster has returned at Chinese New Year. With horns, scales, and wide, wicked jaws, Nian is intent on devouring Shanghai, starting with Xingling The old tricks to keep him away don't work on Nian anymore, but Xingling is clever. Will her quick thinking be enough to save the city from the Nian Monster?

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780807556429
  • ISBN-10: 0807556424
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
  • Publish Date: December 2016
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-8


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Legends, Myths, & Fables - General
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Holidays & Celebrations - Other, Non-Religious
Books > Juvenile Fiction > People & Places - Asia

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-10-03
  • Reviewer: Staff

Wangs story begins as Xingling and her grandmother hang red paper decorations for the Chinese New Year in Shanghai. Po Po explains that the Nian Monster once plagued China by eating whole villages. Since the monster is afraid of loud sounds, fire, and the color red, the decorations prevent its return. The Nian Monster seems no more than a fantasy, but as Xingling cooks, he leaps onto the familys balcony. I have come to devour this city! he roars, causing buildings to shudder. Xingling turns out to be a cool-headed hero. Have a bowl of long-life noodles first, she advises the monster. If you live longer, you can conquer more cities. More crafty culinary thinking slows Nian down further (bony fish, sticky glutinous rice), and a fireworks scheme sends him packing. Wangs story thrills but doesnt threaten: Chaus wonderfully vivid watercolors give the monster doe eyes and a round body that make him seem like a cranky, overgrown teddy bear, and Wang shares cultural information about the Chinese New Year with the lightest of touches. Ages 48. Authors agent: Erin Murphy, Erin Murphy Literary. Illustrators agent: Justin Rucker, Shannon Associates. (Dec.)

 
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