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A Bookpage Best Picture Book of the Year

Lulu and her dog Dumpling enter a magical world where Chinese calligraphy comes to life in this beautifully illustrated, interactive picture book about family, tradition, and the importance of kindness. After Grandpa introduces calligraphy and Chinese characters to Lulu and her dog Dumpling, they find themselves magically transported to a world where the characters they draw come to life! Soon Lulu and Dumpling meet a bird, a zither-playing musician, and many other animated friends. But when they discover an angry dragon, Lulu is not sure how to draw them out of this tense encounter.

Spanning themes of art and history, this inventive story introduces children to complex Chinese characters, celebrates family and tradition, and shows how resourcefulness and kindness can save the day.

*Two starred reviews*

★ "A beautifully drawn, cleverly told tale of bravery and wit.... As Lulu discovers, wonders await those who take a chance and dive in." --Bookpage, starred review

★ "Readers are plunged into an enchanted world where drawing skills and creative problem-solving hold the key to a favorable outcome.... A masterful integration of storytelling." --School Library Journal, starred review

Author: Hui Li
Binding Type: Hardcover
Publisher: Christy Ottaviano Books-Little Brown and Hach
Published: 09/19/2023
Pages: 40
Weight: 1lbs
Size: 8.60h x 11.10w x 0.50d
ISBN: 9780316340731
Audience: Ages 4-8

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 07/15/2023
Publishers Weekly 08/21/2023
Booklist 09/01/2023 pg. 96
School Library Journal 10/01/2023 pg. 71
BookPage 10/01/2023
Shelf Awareness 11/14/2023

About the Author
Hui Li is a lifelong student of Chinese calligraphy. As a child, she practiced on old newspapers and learned several styles of traditional script. By the age of eleven, she had earned the rank of a Kudan, or 9-dan (the highest calligraphy rank). This visually expansive and personal story is her first book for children. She lives in New Jersey with her family.

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