DRC Review: Jia and the Nian Monster by Mike Richardson and Megan Huang

2020 brings in a new decade and with it new beginnings. This signifies transformation for many people, myself included.

Chinese New Year is the Chinese festival that celebrates the beginning of the new year on the traditional Chinese Calendar. The date for this year is January 25, 2020 and it will be the Year of the Rat.

As you might have guessed, this gorgeous book has a lot to do with the celebration of Chinese New Year and I’m happy I have the chance to receive an advanced copy and to review it.

Each New Year, a terrible monster descends upon a mountain village in China and takes any and all who dares not flee out of its path.

Jia seeks revenge on the monster who has taken her parents years ago and Deshi seeks adventure.

This was a wonder to read and look at. The artwork is gorgeous and the story delves deeper into Chinese culture and the meaning of Chinese New Year.

Jia is an amazing protagonist. She’s headstrong, funny, and unafraid of the dangers that lie ahead of her. Deshi makes for the perfect sidekick but do not take him lightly…He helps every step of the way and guides her through treachery and together they try to outwit the legendary monster of lore and infamy.

From the very beginning I was entranced and let me tell you about myself

I am ditzy. There, I’ve said it. Now we know.

I HAD NO IDEA THIS WAS A BOOK ABOUT CHINESE NEW YEAR. So the ending was a delightful shock to me and I learned quite a bit!

Going into Chinatown is one of my favorite things to do since I am only a 30 minute ride to Philadelphia and we often happen upon various celebrations and now when I see people dressed up as the Nian monster I will know a little bit more of the background story.

Happy Year of the Rat and Happy Chinese New Year!

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πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ 5/5

Expected publication: March 31st 2020 by Dark Horse Books

2 thoughts on “DRC Review: Jia and the Nian Monster by Mike Richardson and Megan Huang

  1. Ooh, I’ve never heard of this one but I’m really liking the look of it! The colors are so vibrant and definitely give off strong CNY vibes 😍The Nian monster on the cover looks like some hella creepo Chinese dragon clown or something πŸ˜‚haha I’ll be on the lookout for this. Great review, Amanda love!


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