Playing with Lanterns

Playing with Lanterns

Author: Wang Yage

Illustrator: Zhu Chengliang

Hardcover | 42 Pages | Age 4+ | Poplar | 2017

Rights sold: English, Korean, French, Portuguese

Handling territories:
World exclude China.


Zhao Di wishes the New Year would never end!

Zhao Di and her friends are excited to go out at night with their paper lanterns and celebrate Chinese New Year. Each holding a unique colorful lantern with a lit candle inside, they admire the breathtaking colors while doing their best to avoid the wind and the sneaky boys in the village. Every night, until the fifteenth day of New Year, Zhao Di and her friends take part in this fun tradition, experiencing the thrill of nighttime in their village. And then—it’s time to smash the lanterns!

In this cheerful book first published in China, readers are invited along with Zhao Di and her friends as they experience all the joy and excitement of this folk Chinese custom. Details about the paper lantern tradition are also included in an author’s note at the end of the book.

About the Illustrator

Zhu Chengliang is an award-winning Chinese illustrator. Born in Shanghai and raised in Suzhou, he studied at the Department of Fine Art at Nanjing University and has worked as an author, illustrator, editor, and designer. He was nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2016. His books have been named to the IBBY Honour List, received first prize in the Feng Zikai Children’s Book Award contest, been named one of the Ten Best Illustrated Books by the New York Times, and been named Runner Up in the UNESCO Noma Concours for Picture Book Illustrations.