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?
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.
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 alinanimation.blogspot.com.