Chinese New Year starts this week, and with it, dragon parades, fireworks and all sorts of tasty celebrations. So this is the perfect time to talk about award-winning Bay Area writer Ying Compestine and her newest book for kids. From hungry ghosts to â€śboy dumplings,â€ť Chinese food, culture and folk tales have always appealed to Compestine, whose young adult novel about Chinaâ€™s Cultural Revolution, â€śRevolution is Not a Dinner Party,â€ť won 19 major literary awards. Now she’s back in bookstores with a picture book for kids, â€śThe Runaway Wok.â€ť Itâ€™s the rollicking tale of a magical wok, a poor family and an unexpectedly splendid Chinese New Year celebration. Very, very fun – and it can be yours!
Click “comments” and tell us, do your kids celebrate Chinese or Lunar New Year? We’ll draw a winner’s name next week. (Meanwhile, congrats are in order for Marci, who won “The Grouchy Ladybag”!)