A tale of best friends, one a human child and one a very anthropomorphized boar named Buddy. The strong, expressive gouache paintings with an unusual palette of blue, brown and orange have a hip, contemporary look. Visually appealing and wryly amusing.
It's the brash expressive gouache paintings, with their unusual palette of blue, brown and orange, that provide the vibrant colour and comical expressions which carry this humorous and appealing story about the importance of friendship.
The illustrations are child friendly and the emotion is very clearly expressed on the characters’ faces.
But they’re still your mate and they’ve stuck by you so long, so you GUESS they can tag along.
“Candied Plums showcases the variety and art of China's children's literature at a time when the United States receives precious little exposure to the vibrancy of contemporary Chinese culture. The books can be used as educational tools to learn about Chinese language about culture, but most crucially stand alone as unique, captivating stories with universal appeal. They are beautifully produced and deserve to be read by children (and adults) the world over.”
Director of Public Programs at China Institute
“Teachers of our kids program are immediately charmed by the Candied Plums books, and instantly talked about building a fun unit plan around one or two books for this coming semester. These books are perfect for kids to get excited about stories written in Chinese, especially outside of Chinese speaking regions. I would recommend to any teachers and/or parents who are seeking fun, beautiful, and well-written books in Chinese.”
Director of Education & Dean at China Institute
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
I've known Buddy since the first day of kindergarten. I think he's so annoying when he can't keep up, when he is too fast, and when he talks or not. It's just that I sometimes forget to be annoyed. However having someone around to keep you company and annoy you is a wonderful thing.
Wenzheng Fu is an art professor as well as a picture book creator. Buddy Is So Annoying won the 2014 China's Excellent Children's Book Award.
Adam Lanphier grew up in Washington, D.C., and graduated from Oberlin College with a B.A. in East Asian Studies. He lived in Beijing from 2005 until 2008, where he worked as a writer and freelance translator. Adam currently teaches and translates Mandarin in New York City. He travels whenever he can.