New Year Surprise!

The NEW picture book New Year Surprise! published (February 2016) with the National Library of Australia and illustrated by my friend Di Wu.NYS front Cover

Di even travelled to Guangzhou in China to paint the pictures for this book and they were created in a traditional way – by using Chinese brushes and the colours of traditional Chinese painting, as well as by painting on rice paper.


Set in snowy rural Northern China this book is about the coming Chinese New Year Spring Festival and one little boy who is  told that he’s too small to help out at the Spring Festival. Follow him through his village to see how he finds a way to join in! It’s a very big surprise. The very traditional life depicted in this book, with people wearing thick clothing and where beds are often platforms that are built over small wood-fired furnaces remain the same today.

This has been a joy to create.


New Year Surprise! Extras:

  • Download the Teachers’ Notes (through the National Library Site)
  • More Teachers’ Notes.
  • View the Trailer.
  • Download the Press Release
  • Download a dragon page to colour.
  • Read Reviews of New Year Surprise!
  • View photos from the launch and workshops.