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Boy Dumplings

A Tasty Chinese Tale

Ying Chang Compestine, James Yamaski (Illustrator)


List Price: 15.95*
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A hungry ghost in old Beijing meets his match in a crafty boy. Tongue-in-check scary fun like Halloween with a bilingual Chinese translation.

Recipe for a Delicious Story: 1. Begin with one hungry ghost.
2. Add a tasty looking boy.
3. Mix them for an outrageous result

Long ago in China, a ghost can't wait to sink his teeth into his next meal -- a plump boy The child will need to think fast if he doesn't want to turn into a midnight snack. What will happen when the boy convinces the ghost to make the mouthwatering "Boy Dumplings" recipe?

This hilarious tale is redesigned, featuring revised illustrations and a new bilingual simplified Chinese translation. Inspired by her son who enjoyed making dumplings, author Compestine adds a clever young protagonist who can befuddle any spirit Plus Yamasaki's colorful art mines comedy from seemingly scary circumstances.

Every fall, the Ghosts Festival is like the Chinese Halloween: people leave offerings of food at night for hungry ghosts. Boy Dumplings plays with this cultural tradition and adds a humorous twist. The Chinese translation is ideal for students and teachers of language classes, schools, and immersion programs. The book includes an author's note on the history of China's Ghosts Festival, plus a delicious dumplings recipe.

Exciting storytelling and Chinese culinary traditions create a delicious book for young readers"
- San Francisco Chronicle

Immedium, 9781597021197, 40pp.

Publication Date: April 5, 2016

About the Author

Ying Compestine: Ying's dozens of children's books have won many awards, including spots on the best lists from the ALA, Bank Street, Book Sense, and New York Times. She visits schools and teaches workshops internationally. She has written for magazines such as Cooking Light, Self, Men's Health, and Martha Stewart's Whole Living. Her website is James Yamaski: James has illustrated for magazines (Wired, National Geographic Kids), newspapers (Seattle's The Stranger), and companies (Kelloggs, Nickelodeon). He studied at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and now teaches at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. His website is