The Runaway Wok

The Runaway Wok

A Chinese New Year Tale

By Ying Chang Compestine; Sebastia Serra (Illustrator)

Dutton Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780525420682, 32pp.

Publication Date: January 6, 2011

When a boy goes to the market to buy food and comes home with an old wok instead, his parents wonder what they'll eat for dinner. But then the wok rolls out of the poor family's house with a "skippity-hoppity-ho " and returns from the rich man's home with a feast in tow
With spirited text and lively illustrations, this story reminds readers about the importance of generosity.

About the Author
Ying Chang Compestine grew up in China and now lives in California with her husband and son. She is the author of the young adult novel "Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party", the YA story collection "A Banquet for Hungry Ghosts", as well as several picture books for children and cookbooks for adults.

Sebastia Serra lives with his family in a village near Barcelona, Spain, in a house facing the Mediterranean Sea. He studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Barcelona, and has illustrated several books in Spain and in the United States. You can visit him online at