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Boy Dumplings
A Tasty Chinese Tale

By Ying Chang Compestine
Illustrated by James Yamasaki

$15.95, hardcover, 36 Pages,
ISBN: 978-1-59702-119-7, 9.25 wide x 10.25 tall

"This crowd-pleaser will make a delicious storytime"
- ALA Booklist

Enjoy this hilarious and fun-filled tale, now with extra illustrations!

Plus this revised edition includes a new bilingual translation in simplified Chinese.

In long ago China, a ghost can't wait to sink his teeth into his next meal. Luckily he finds a plunp boy! But can the child think fast enough to avoid becoming a midnight snack? Maybe so, if the ghost tries cooking the tricky recipe for "boy dumplings"...

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More praise

Firefighter "Children will delight in the ghost's gullibility... Compestine's haunting tale is an entertaining, not-too-scary offering."
- Publisher's Weekly

"...a classic trickster tale, developing both characters and premise with humor."
- Kirkus Reviews

"Exciting storytelling and Chinese culinary traditions create a delicious book for young readers."
- San Francisco Chronicle

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"Ying Chang Compestine, whose Runaway Rice Cake was one of my children's favorites for years, brings another entertaining tale to young readers - with a toothsome recipe thrown in for parents, too!"
- Smithsonian BookDragon

"This exciting and witty Chinese folktale will leave readers hungry for the end of the story and for dumplings as well!"
- Good English

"Award-winning author, Ying Chang Compestine, presents an international trickster tale through this picture book... In vivid, engaging illustrations, the story exposes students to Chinese culture - in terms of food and holidays - and a unique literary motif that students will come across in many American fables, as well."
- Comprehension WITHIN Text

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Leveled Reading

Lexile Level: 620L
Lexile Code: AD "adult directed"
Fountas & Pinnel (F&P GRL): K
GLE (Grade Level): 2
Interest Level: preK-4
Reading Recovery Level (RRL): 18