The Lucky Red Envelope: A lift-the-flap Lunar New Year Celebration

Wide Eyed Eds. Dec. 2023. 24p. Tr $22.99. ISBN 9780711285927.
PreS-Gr 2–Yue and her family are excitedly preparing for Lunar New Year. The young girl is especially eager to share the holiday with her new baby brother. As they work, Yue’s parents explain the meaning behind preparations, including cleaning the house, red wall hangings and couplets, and activities such as eating with family and watching fireworks. Each heavily illustrated spread is bursting with details, color, and patterns, along with a dozen flaps that readers can lift to expose more detail and information. The information is mostly geared toward people unfamiliar with the holiday, but the illustrations will demand multiple viewings by readers returning to catch details they may have missed. The story is set in China, and all characters are Chinese.
VERDICT While adding an element of fun, many libraries will question how a book with 144 flaps will survive multiple check-outs. Better for one-on-one sharing or story hours.

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