New Year Surprise!

Christopher Cheng, Di Wu

Little Brother is told by his brother and his friends that he’s too small to help out at the Spring festival. He’s not strong enough to hold onto a kite, and too little to hold the dragon poles. But Father says that he has a special job to do. What can it be?

He knows it’s not hanging the lanterns up, as Father has already done that.
He knows it’s not choosing the treats from the hawker as Father chose the duck.
He knows it’s not serving tea or lighting fire crackers as he did that last year.

Follow Little Brother through the village to find out what his special job is.

New Year Surprise! is a delightful read-out-loud picture book for 3 to 6 year olds as well as a cuddle-up-in-the-armchair book for mid-range independent readers.

- CBCA Reading Time

Following this satisfying and entertaining story are several pages of fascinating information about numerous customs and festivals in China, plus background notes from the author and illustrator.

- Books+Publishing

New Year Surprise! is a lovely story to read with young children to introduce them to some of the traditions of Chinese New Year.

- Kids Book Review

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Children's Literature

Christopher Cheng

Christopher Cheng is an award-winning author of many children’s books including non-fiction, picture books and Chinese-themed historical fiction titles.