Amy has stolen my heart, with her fierce determination to conquer…bao. I so identify with her quest to master snack time and her refusal to give up on a family tradition. The art is wonderful and this heartwarming story of creative problem solving in the face of challenges is sure to delight. I especially loved that Zhang included a recipe so that we can enjoy bao with our own families.
A Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book of 2019
Meet the funny, fierce, and fearless Amy Wu, who is determined to make a perfect bao bun today. Can she rise to the occasion?
Amy loves to make bao with her family. But it takes skill to make the bao taste and look delicious. And her bao keep coming out all wrong.
Then she has an idea that may give her a second chance…Will Amy ever make the perfect bao?
About the Author
Kat Zhang loves traveling to places both real and fictional—the former have better souvenirs, but the latter allow for dragons, so it’s a tough pick. A graduate of Vanderbilt University, she now spends her free time scribbling poetry, taking photographs, and climbing atop things she shouldn’t. You can learn about her travels, literary and otherwise, at KatZhangWriter.com.
Charlene Chua draws many things, from baos to dragons to, literally, the kitchen sink. When she is not drawing, she enjoys playing or talking to her cats (they listen politely, most of the time). Charlene grew up in Singapore and now lives in Canada. Her favorite bao are “char siu” bao!
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“Upbeat…This is a book to get creative juices flowing.” —The New York Times “This sweet book both encourages cooking together as a family and rewards creative problem-solving.” —Food Network Blog “An extra-tasty book for bao lovers everywhere.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review “Winning.” —Publishers Weekly “Children will relate to this readaloud if they’ve ever faced a situation when emulating adults failed, but Amy’s triumph is sure to inspire them to try again.” —BCCB