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The Nian Monster

Written by Andrea Wang & illustrated by Alina Chau
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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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The Book Snob Mom
Mom of boys. Lover of Harry Potter, Jane Austen and believes one can never own too many children's books!
5.5 / 7.0

A clever little girl outsmarts the Nian monster, who is no longer scared away by the loud noises, fire and color red that have kept him at bay for so long, with the help of her community and some very special New Years’ traditions. I love the critical thinking and problem solving it demonstrates, the traditional (almost folk-talesy) way it’s told, and of course, the beautiful illustrations.

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Who Wrote The Nian Monster

Andrea Wang

As a child, Andrea Wang made dumplings and took baths with orange peels to prepare for Chinese New Year. When not traveling, she lives in Massachusetts with her husband, two children, and a dog named Mochi. This is her first picture book.

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Who Illustrated The Nian Monster

Alina Chau
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Alina Chau: Alina Chau received her Master of Fine Arts in Animation from UCLA, School of Theater, Film and Television in 2001. She has helped produce animation and gaming titles Ben 10, Silent Hill, Gears of War, The Incredible Hulk, God of War, Medal of Honor, Sypro, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars. See her art at

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