The Nian Monster

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9780807556429The Nian Monster
By Andrea Wang
Illustrated by Alina Chau
Published by Albert Whitman & Company
ISBN-13: 9780807556429
Age Range: 4 – 8 Years

Tong tong! The legendary Nian monster has returned at Chinese New Year.

With horns, scales, and wide, wicked jaws, Nian is intent on devouring Shanghai, starting with Xingling!

The old tricks to keep him away don’t work on Nian anymore, but Xingling is clever. Will her quick thinking be enough to save the city from the Nian Monster?


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bjqrlikuAndrea Wang lives in Sudbury, Massachusetts, a small town outside Boston. While she was an environmental consultant, she got married and had two kids. She decided to leave her job and stay home with them. She had never stopped reading in her free time, but she started writing again, too. She took online classes and then got another Master’s degree, this time in Creative Writing for Young People from Lesley University. Her old dream of being an author became her new dream, and she is thrilled to be living it!


3Alina Chau received her MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles. She spent over a decade working in the animation industry. Her most notable credit is on LucasFilm’s Emmy Award Winning program, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”.  Alina Chau’s whimsical illustration style has been highly sought after for various art exhibitions world-wide. Her lyrical watercolors have garnered her a devoted fan base and the accolades of her peers.  Alina Chau resides in San Francisco and is currently developing her own illustration projects.