Thursday, January 12, 2017

Anno's China

We are so excited about our latest book! Anno's China is hot off the press in hardback and is gorgeous. Available for the first time in the US, this pictorial journey through China is charming, lovely, and literary despite being wordless. The book received a Kirkus Star Review which you can read here.

If you are not familiar with Mitsumasa Anno's work, it's wonderful and we're pinching ourselves that we have been allowed to bring this book to the US. As a child I remember checking out books in this series like Anno's Journey or Anno's Italy and pouring over the illustrations for hours. We hope you enjoy these books as much as we do.

From the description: Allow Anno to be your guide to China. Through delightfully detailed watercolors, readers will explore this vast and varied land where calligraphers bestow good fortune, birds fish for men, and dragons dance. Stand with Anno on the Great Wall, visit bustling villages where the streets are waterways and everyone, even horses and bulls, travel by boat. Learn how flocks of ducks are herded on rivers and witness the discovery of thousands of clay soldiers guarding the ancient tomb of China's first emperor.

About the author: Mitsumasa Anno, winner of the Hans Christian Andersen Award for his lasting
contribution to children's literature, is a lover of travel and culture. Anno's books, through their unique perspective and mischievous sense of humor, have opened to children across the world, cultures and lands distant from their own.

Without words Anno conveys the beauty, humanity, and value of all people in all times and places. As he notes, "There are differences in people, different styles of housing, social differences, different cultures all over the world. But perhaps what lies at the bottom of the heart of each human being is the same, an inherent value."

Born in Tsuwano, 
in Western Japan, Mr. Anno studied both art and mathematics before teaching school for ten years. He has written and illustrated over 20 books for children. He makes his home in a suburb of Tokyo. He is married and has two children. 
Available in hardback here

1 comment:

  1. We are following "Around the World with Picture Books" and I can't find this book in Canada anywhere! Can you recommend anything? An online version or something to replace this important piece to our puzzle :)