Synopses & Reviews
Meet Lin and her pet dragon!
When the dragon mysteriously disappears, Lin sets off on a journey to find her best friend . . . and readers set off on a journey of learning and discovery.
By ingeniously integrating written Chinese characters into the illustrations as the story progresses, Christoph Niemann has created a book that is engrossing, unique, and memorable. The Pet Dragon is a playful introduction to the fascinating world of Chinese language and culture . . . and a terrific story to share with children everywhere.
You are invited to join Lin for an adventure you will not soon forget!
"Niemann (The Police Cloud) introduces readers to 33 Chinese characters via an ingenious, breezy tale about a spunky heroine named Lin who's searching for her runaway pet dragon. Throughout Lin's quest, Niemann superimposes bold, black Chinese characters over key images or other elements in his super-smooth digital graphics. When Lin herself is introduced, for example, the character for 'person' is overlaid on her figure, allowing readers to see how it evokes the outline of a body and two legs. Unlike authors of conventional primers, Niemann doesn't try to directly incorporate the special vocabulary into his story (the text doesn't refer to Lin as a 'person'). Nor does he adhere to the expected icon-to-object correspondence every time: as he notes in his genial introduction, some of the match-ups reflect his own imagination at play (the character for 'work' takes the shape of an I-beam at a construction site). As a result, the pages reflect not only Niemann's cleverness, but also his sense of discovery and his enthusiasm. Ages 4 8. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
When Lin's pet dragon, caged for bad behavior, escapes back into the wild, Lin is heartbroken and sets out to find him. Lin faces numerous obstacles on her journey, and children are introduced to basic Chinese characters as they follow the story. Full color.
About the Author
Christoph Niemann has illustrated covers for The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and The New York Times Magazine. He is the creator of the picture book The Police Cloud, and the illustrator of The Boy with Two Belly Buttons, by Stephen J. Dubner. He lives in New York City.