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Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao

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4.32  ·  Rating details ·  957 ratings  ·  185 reviews
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?
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Simon & Schuster/Aladdin
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Jon Nakapalau
Wonderful book on family and cooking - plus a great recipe for bao at the end of the book!
La Coccinelle
Oct 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao is about a little girl who wants to make the perfect steamed bun. But her bao are always too small, too large, too full, too empty, or just too messy. When her family spends the day making bao, Amy tries to make the perfect one... but just can't manage it. She's frustrated, but then she comes up with a solution.

The illustrations by Charlene Chua are really adorable, and the whole premise is liable to get some stomachs growling (there's even a recipe in the back so you
Supriya Kelkar
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was such a fun book! The illustrations are beautiful and so full of emotion. Kids and adults alike will be able to identify with how it feels when it seems like everyone can do something with ease that you struggle with. Amy's journey is sweet and entertaining and as a bonus there's a bao recipe in the back too! ...more
Ben Truong
Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao is a children's picture book written by Kat Zhang and illustrated by Charlene Chua. It about Amy Wu, a little girl, who wants to make perfect bao, just like the ones her mom, dad, and grandma make.

Zhang's text is simplistic and straightforward. It tells a story about a little girl in persuit of making the perfect bao with her family patiently and willingly to teach her. A bao recipe concludes, as does a revelation that "not-so-perfect bao" taste just as a good as their
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Amy Wu wants to make the perfect bao.

Her bao are too small. Or too big. Or the bao have too much filling. Or not enough. Or they fall apart before she can eat them.

Amy decides to host a bao making event with her family. She plans to make the perfect bao.

But still Amy has troubles.

Until she has a clever idea....

Children will enjoy this glimpse into family life, and they will especially enjoy trying out the recipe for the perfect bao provided in the back of the book.
Francis S. Poesy
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
The story and super cute (and expressive) illustrations (especially the little white kitten character) make this a joy to read. I like how Amy never gives up and figures out on her own how to make the perfect bao. The only drawback to this book was it made me very hungry for some bao but I'm no chef so it may have to wait until Dine Out Friday! The recipe in the back provides some great background on what all is really involved in making bao and will no doubt provide for some great family kitche ...more
Chris Guros
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm sold on any kids book that helps build an appreciation around food. This is a great little story that includes a solid recipe at the end. ...more
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Chinese American requests
Recommended to June by: Katie Fitzgerald
Rounded up because the child thinks of the solution
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This book honestly made me hungry. But lucky for all of us there is a recipe of how to make the "perfect bao" at the end of this book. Don't skip to the back though because the story of Amy on her quest to make the "perfect bao" is too good to miss. ...more
Tonja Drecker
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Determination and a love for a delicious food hit a little silliness and tons of family support in this fun read, which is sure to direct interest to the kitchen and foreign foods.

Amy Wu loves Bao. It's one of her most favorite things to eat. Everyone in her family can make them. Perfectly. But she can't. They're either too small or falling apart or too's always a mess. But Amy Wu isn't about to give up and creates a Bao making plan. Maybe she'll find the secret to creating a perfect
Amy Layton
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks
Bright colors and a bold main character make this book a fun problem-solving guide!  The problem? Amy just can't make perfect bao.  The solution?  She practices and practices some more.  The new problem?  She's not getting any better at it!  So, what can she do?  

Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao suggests that learning from trial and error is not only okay, but encouraged, and offers the idea that sometimes the best solutions are the ones outside of the box!  Even better, everyone is supportive of her
Erin Buhr
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-books
This is for the moments in life when every child wishes to do something as well as the big people around them. Really, we all have those moments don't we? Little Amy Wu wants to be able to make traditional bao as perfectly as her family members but it's the one thing she just can't seem to do. Amy is an easy to love character. The text shows her determination and problem solving skills and the illustrations depict her in such a cheerful darling way that you can't help but root for her and her pe ...more
First sentence: Amy can do a lot of things. She can brush her teeth. She can tie her shoe. She can even do both at once...sort of.

Premise/plot: Will Amy ever learn how to make bao like her mom, dad, and grandma?! She tries. She tries hard. She tries often. She listens. She imitates. This book chronicles her attempts to make the perfect bao—one that doesn’t fall apart. It very much celebrates family, family life, traditions, food and feasts.

My thoughts: This picture book was lovely and charming.
Lindsay Leslie
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This story made me hungry and made me want to make bao. Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao will entice children to get in and learn something new in the kitchen. I loved the themes of practice, practice practice, patience while learning, and problem-solving.
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was an adorable book about family and bao, but most importantly, about how you can't do something perfectly under imperfect circumstances. I really enjoyed this book and would absolutely read it at a story time! ...more
Kris Dersch
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book, kidslit
This was ADORABLE. Such expressive illustrations, the kitty cat character is spot on, and I love Amy's ultimate solution (and the fact that the imperfect bao also taste good.) It made me hungry...there is a bao recipe in the back but unfortunately I do not have steamer baskets, so no bao for me. ...more
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
So adorable. It made me hungry too 😋 I felt a little bad reading it to my kid since he’s allergic to wheat and might never get to eat bao though. But that didn’t take away from the book - perfect combo of great illustrations and story!
Alex  Baugh
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Making the perfect bao like her mother, baba, and grandmother proves to be difficult for Amy, but in the end she learns that it really doesn't have to be perfect to be tasty. ...more
I love it love it love it.
Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao melds together the richness of classic children's books storytelling with the cheery conciseness of newer picture books.

Amy is a vivid little girl who lives with her mom and dad and grandma. They have a loving supportive family that's brought to life through the bright illustrations with little smiles. The pictures just exude happiness.

There is a problem, though, when they make bao* together as a family Amy's don't turn out perfect. They're too stuffed or they're ugly.
Amy can do many things, but she can't seem to make the perfect Bao. Try as she might, her bao is never perfect like her Mother's, or Father's, or her Grandmother's. They each give her advice on how to form the perfect bao, but nothing seems to work. Finally Amy comes up with an idea that will help her make the perfect bao. ...more
Dec 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This made me hungry...
Miss Sarah
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
An elementary and up book about a young girl wanting to make her families traditional steamed buns of Bao but her creations never come out like the grown ups. Can she find a way to make the perfect ones?
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I don't know if I can love this book any more than I do. It has strong family presence, learning to be patient and get better with practice, cultural appreciation...ahhhh, LOVE IT. ...more
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Adorable. Wonderful, expressive illustrations, a story that all kids can relate to, and exposure to a food that some kids will be unfamiliar with and may want to try after reading. Great!
Jan 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
A cute story about trying to perfect something- in this case, a delicious just-right bao! Includes a recipe in the back of the book. I already can't wait to read more books featuring Amy Wu! ...more
Marathon County Public Library
Amy Wu is good at a lot of things, but one thing she is not good at is creating the perfect bao, a Chinese steamed bun her family loves to make and eat. Amy, along with her little white cat, are determined to master this difficult recipe. Amy helps her dad mix and knead the dough while her mom cooks the meat filling. Then, it is time to get to assemble the perfect bao. Can Amy get it right this time?

Amy's family recipe is shared at the end of the book, and families can try making their own bao
Sarah Sexton
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: family-storytime
This is such a cute book. The illustrations are vibrant, and grandma has pink hair! I also like that the entire family is shown bonding thru the making of bao. But ultimately it's Amy who thinks of the solution to her problem, and I think kids will really relate to that.
Bonus, it has a recipe for bao in the back.
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Amy Wu struggles with making bao with her family, until her ingenuity kicks in and she solves how to make the process work for her. Bao recipe included!
Amy Goldstein
Can't say enough about this great book. Amy Wu's got grit and persistence and she knows how to solve a problem! Lovely family story about sharing a family tradition. ...more
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Kat Zhang spent most of her childhood tramping through a world weaved from her favorite stories and games. When she and her best friend weren't riding magic horses or talking to trees, they were writing adaptations of plays for their stuffed

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