“In a book that is itself a celebration, Demi explains the rituals and ideas behind the Chinese New Year festival. The last 15 days of the old year are spent cleaning and preparing (‘Wash your hair and get a new haircut. Pay the debts that you owe and collect what is owed to you!’). On the eve of the new moon, a special feast is prepared. . . . The first 15 days of the new year are spent celebrating with lion dances, firecrackers, and other activities. Demi’s characteristic tiny, lively figures illustrate each page, with several spreads devoted to small, labeled pictures identifying things associated with the holiday. Infused with joy and filled with information.”—Booklist
The Year of the Monkey begins January 22, 2004, with colorful festivities. Happy, Happy Chinese New Year! by Demi is a reissue of her 1997 book Happy New Year! Kung-His Fa-Ts'ai! She chronicles New Year celebrations against delicate landscapes of Chinese houses and fields, with pictures of children preparing for the holiday, a listing of foods and their special significance (e.g., "Taffy candy, T'ang-kua, is for the Kitchen God, Tsun Kuan") as well as the Lantern Festival. A festively hued preprinted cover depicts the Lion Dance (to scare away evil spirits), and a transparent vinyl cover carries the title and author. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.