I'd give Candied Plums a hug if I could. We have a very large Chinese population and I'm always struggling to find good Chinese language books to add to our collection. These are gorgeous and I love the fact that they are contemporary Chinese picture books. We have many translations of American titles but not as many original Chinese stories. I am also very glad of the full English descriptions of the books on the website.
—Julie Rines from Thomas Crane Public Library
Look, there is a dark, dark hole. A hungry bug wriggles out.
There is a dark, dark hole. The ants come out in a long line.
There is a dark, dark hole. The little crabs come out sideways.
Guess what will come out of the hole next?
Lei Xia was born in Jiangsu. She was once a primary school Chinese teacher and now is an editor of children's books.
Yu Zhong was born in Hangzhou. She started submitting illustrations for publication when she was a sophomore and has worked as a children's book illustrator since graduation.
Duncan Poupard is a lecturer in translation studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He once worked on the award-winning Collins Easy Learning Mandarin Dictionary.