Mooncakes. Picture book. Publisher: Orca Book Publishers. Illustrated by Governor General Award nominee Renné Benoit. Release date: April 1,2013. Available for purchase in-store at book retailers and online.
“This simple story features evocative language…[and] the illustrations are filled with scenes of quiet celebration and soft colors.” (Reading Today Online 20130417)
“Warm and appealing watercolor-and-gouache illustrations show a young girl’s family together as they light and hang lanterns, watch the glowing moon in the night sky, drink steaming tea and eat delicious mooncakes…The framework of a family celebration is effective and satisfying here, and listeners will enjoy curling up with their parents, learning about or re-experiencing some of the holiday traditions, hearing the funny and comforting stories, and perhaps even drifting off to sleep…Lovely.” (Kirkus Reviews 20130315)
“The ancient stories feature rich vocabulary and intriguing images. Decorated with a scroll design and appearing in italics, the three tales also look ornate on the pages of the book. The young girl’s responses to the stories are reflective and full of wonder…Benoit’s watercolour, coloured pencil and gouache illustrations present a warm, loving family sharing traditions…This is a wonderful book to introduce cultures and holidays. Highly Recommended.” (CM Magazine 20130315)
“A lovely, touching story that functions well as both entertainment and an introduction to a snippet of Chinese culture…Seto seamlessly blends the contemporary storyline with the traditional narratives…Benoit’s moody palette of muted greys, blues, greens, and oranges evokes the nighttime setting, giving way to unexpected pops of brighter colour when the narrative switches to folktales…A treat as sweet as the titular pastry.” (Quill & Quire 20130401)
“A cozy family story rooted in tradition…Told from the child’s point of view, the narrative is simply written and nicely cadenced. The folktales offer an imaginative addition to the narrative as well as a window into Chinese legend. Created with colored pencils, watercolors, and gouache, the double-page illustrations create a series of warm family scenes and tableaux from folklore, all suffused with pale golden light. The many rounded shapes reinforce the sense of harmony that pervades the story.” (Booklist 20130515)