LunarTale: A New Year’s Adventure

Abrams/Appleseed. (An Abrams Trail Tale). Nov. 2023. 52p. Board $15.99. ISBN 9781419769511.
PreS–In this engaging board book, a series of prepositional phrases describes a brother and sister’s journey from their home in the country to their grandparents’ house in the city as they are guided by the animals of the Chinese Zodiac and end up in a community celebration of Lunar New Year. Vibrating with color, the packed illustrations have a seek-and-find feel. Gatefolds and peek-throughs add to the sensation of traveling through different worlds. A spectacular final double gatefold expands the Chinatown neighborhood party both outward and upward. The pictures, which also depict a variety of Lunar New Year symbols and traditions, more than make up for a bit of choppiness created by text breaks in the page turns.
VERDICT This sweet visual introduction to Lunar New Year will delight young readers at any time of year.

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