Amy Wu and the Patchwork Dragon (Hardcover)
Winter 2020 Kids Indie Next List
“After sharing a story about dragons, a teacher encourages their students to draw and create their own, but Amy’s dragon doesn’t look like any dragon the other kids have ever seen. When she mentions it to her grandmother, Grandma tells her stories about all the dragons that she knows from China, including the slinky, horned ones just like the one in the attic. But how can Amy make it her own? Well, glitter — lots of glitter — helps, and so do her friends. A sweet story about discovering your family tales and making your own mark on them.”
— Rene Kirkpatrick, University Book Store, Seattle, WA
In this sweet and brightly illustrated picture book, Amy Wu must craft a dragon unlike any other to share with her class at school in this unforgettable follow-up to Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao.
Amy loves craft time at school. But when her teacher asks everyone to make their own dragon, Amy feels stuck. Her first dragon has a long, wingless body, stag-like horns, and eagle claws, but her friends don’t think it’s a real dragon. Then she makes dragons like theirs, but none of them feels quite right...None of them feels like hers.
After school, a story from Grandma sparks new inspiration, and Amy rounds up her family to help her. Together, can they make Amy’s perfect dragon?
About the Author
Kat Zhang loves traveling to places both real and fictional—the former have better souvenirs, but the latter allow for dragons, so it’s a tough pick. A graduate of Vanderbilt University, she now spends her free time scribbling poetry, taking photographs, and climbing atop things she shouldn’t. You can learn about her travels, literary and otherwise, at KatZhangWriter.com.
Charlene Chua draws many things, from baos to dragons to, literally, the kitchen sink. When she is not drawing, she enjoys playing or talking to her cats (they listen politely, most of the time). Charlene grew up in Singapore and now lives in Canada. Her favorite bao are “char siu” bao!
With a swoosh and a creak, what monsters will we seek? Follow a brave young girl as she adventures in her town counting all the creatures that go bump in the night. With Gris Grimly's illustrations pairing perfectly with rhythm and rhyme, this will be the go to story time book for Halloween nights.
- Reviewed by Jessica