According to traditional Chinese legends, we light firecrackers and hang red banners over Lunar New Year to scare away the Nian monster! In this funny retelling of the classic tale — young readers find out that it is Nian monster who is fearful of humans!
Holding tightly onto its "Guide to Descend the Mountain" given to it by its mother, Little Nian Monster is very, very nervous.
According Papa Nian, today is an important day, and its had a mission to accomplish.
This is Little Nian's first time descending the mountain, and it had no idea how many scary humans it might encounter along the way. Little Nian's belly is starting to hurt — why oh why can't Mommy and Daddy come with me??
Little Nian has read and reread the "Guide to Descend the Mountain" more than 300 times, and has it practically committed to memory: "Beware of humans. Avoid red things. Stay away from firecrackers."
Not long after Little Nian sets off on its journey, it run into humans who are fully dressed in red! It turns the corner, and finds another human setting off firecrackers! Ugh humans — they're everywhere!
And when it looked down, Little Nian realizes it has lost its "Guide to Descend the Mountain"! Everything is going wrong for Little Nian!!
Can Little Nian complete their mission? Oh wait... what is their mission?
A hilarious and relatable twist on the lunar new year legend, this is a great story for both learning about lunar new year customs, and a great example how one faces their fears.
Hardcover | 32 pages | 24.5 x 25.5cm