What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Zhu Cheng-Liang

h1 November 18th, 2011 by jules


Pop, pop, pop, bang, bang, bang!
We hear firecrackers outside all night. I lie between Papa and Mama and fall asleep, drowsily hearing them whispering, whispering. . . .”

This morning over at Kirkus, I offer my thoughts on why I think 2011 has been a good year to ponder picture books. That link is here.

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For last week’s column, I wrote about Yu Li-Qiong’s A New Year’s Reunion, illustrated by Zhu Cheng-Liang (to be released in December by Candlewick). That link is here, if you missed it.

Opening this post is an illustration from the book, and here are some more below. Enjoy.


(Click to enlarge spread)


“Later, it’s time to make sticky rice balls. Papa buries a coin in one of the balls and says, ‘Whoever finds the ball with the coin will have good luck.’”
(Click to see entire spread from which this illustration comes.)

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A NEW YEAR’S REUNION. Text copyright © 2007 by Yu Li-Qiong. Illustrations copyright © 2007 by Zhu Cheng-Liang. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA on behalf of Walker Books, London.

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2 comments to “What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Zhu Cheng-Liang”

  1. Yay for traditions and families.

    Also, yay for rice and cats.


  2. Love this. Just ordered it from THE NEW BOOKSTORE!


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