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There’s a Dark, Dark Hole

by Lei Xia

illustrated by Yu Zhong

translated by Duncan Poupard

Picture Book


7.5 x 6.7, 32 pages


March, 2017

ISBN 9781945295072

U.S. $5.99 / CAN. $7.99

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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?

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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.