Rating:1-5 (5 is an excellent or Starred review) 3
What did you like about the book? This ancient Chinese folklore tale of supernatural magic about a heroic cricket warrior was a very satisfying book that focused on family values and honor. When poor destitute Wei nian transforms into a fighting cricket, he wins many battles in the royal palace, that eventually reward his village, the magistrate and his parents, eliminating their debt. After sustaining much glory, while his sorrowful parents continue to miss him, Wei nain transforms back to human, and returns to the undying love of his parents, assuming a simple life of calligrapher and painter of crickets! The subtle illustrations transmit the emotional journey magically undertaken.
Anything you didn’t like about it? Parents may need to explain folktales and fantasy to younger readers, but this charming book illuminates core family values of love, persistence and patience within a multicultural setting.
To whom would you recommend this book? Elementary school teachers and librarians encouraging multicultural stories, Chinese parents and grandparents
Who should buy this book? Elementary school librarians, Enrichment and multicultural programs
Where would you shelve it ? Folklore, Fairytales
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State:Diane Neylon, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
Date of review: 2/15/17