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Jia and the Nian Monster

3.32  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Each new year is marked by a monster's attack on their mountain village. This year, young Jia and her friend Deshi have decided to fight back.

For Deshi, it is the grand adventure he has always dreamed of. For Jia, it is revenge for the loss of her mother--who was taken by the monster five years before.

But it will take more than mere pluck and courage to best the beast of t
Paperback, 80 pages
Published March 31st 2020 by Dark Horse Books
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Mar 27, 2020 rated it liked it
A retelling of the fable for why Chinese celebrate with fireworks on New Years. It's a bright and vibrant story about how a young girl stopped a monster from preying on her village each year.

Received a review copy from Dark horse adn Edelweiss. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned.
Sarah Yung
Mar 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Some of the facial features / angles get a little wonky every now and then, but I liked Huang’s variety and thought it worked fine overall. I was a little skeptical of a Chinese folklore retelling from another old white dude, but didn’t find anything immediately problematic; it’s pretty slight and accessible.
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
2020 brings in a new decade and with it new beginnings. This signifies transformation for many people, myself included.

Chinese New Year is the Chinese festival that celebrates the beginning of the new year on the traditional Chinese Calendar. The date for this year is January 25, 2020 and it will be the Year of the Rat.

As you might have guessed, this gorgeous book has a lot to do with the celebration of Chinese New Year and I’m happy I have the chance to receive an advanced copy and to review it
Becky B
Every New Year's Eve the Nian monster comes and steals one person from Jia's village in retaliation for a man who stole a fruit and a woman's heart ages ago. The monster claimed her mother and her father disappeared seeking out the monster. Now Jia is determined to find the monster's lair and stop it from terrorizing her village. But what can one girl do, even if she has a friend with a stick helping her?

If you aren't familiar with the Nian monster folklore, it is a story told to explain why fir
Paul Decker
Feb 10, 2020 rated it liked it
*I received this book as an eARC from Dark Horse Books via Edelweiss. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

This colorful fable starts out with a robust prologue setting up this world. Essentially, a magical beast attacks a village once a year. Jia is a nice and hard-working, though mischievous young girl. Her mother was taken by the Nian monster and then her father went missing looking for his wife.

This is a predictable and traditi
This was such a nice and touching folklore origin story that also teaches a lesson of how kindness towards other can go a long way.
Note: I accessed a digital review copy through Edelweiss.
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