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Pretty cover! Kids will pick it up first out of their books.
Reviewed in the United States on April 17, 2020
The cover is nice. The illustrations are a four out of five. The poetry will not appeal to youngsters though. It has no rhythm. It's awkward to read in places because the English leaves out adjectives in some places and puts adjectives in other places. Inconsistent. This causes a pause and reread over those areas. The reader must read more than two or three times to try to create their own phonetic rhyme and rhythm for the delivery of the words. Since the poetry doesn't flow and contains unfamiliar words, and inconsistent use of adjectives, the rhyming is not so well done. A well written poem flows! No special brilliance in the lanterns that was promised. in the description. The children had children other than Chinese -- with eyeglasses on. The days of the dragon were so long ago that eyeglasses were not available. Just not believable to me. I was hoping for something especially colorful in the illustrations but the hype in the description put my expectations too high.(paper lanterns, red envelopes, fireworks, and more!) The lanterns looked faded and orange. I could not see the "more" anywhere. Not for reading to my grandchildren. However, it is something they can hold, play with and turn the pages.