The Ugly Dumpling is going to be doing the rounds on a host of spiffy blogs, including the following:
The NCBLA was after recommendations for its Great Reads campaign, so I thought I'd do some promo for fellow Aussie author Shaun Tan. Given he's won just about every award under the sun, including an Oscar and an Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, Shaun probably doesn't need my help, but still. That's what mates are for. You can read the write-up over here.
The Ugly Dumpling gets some props in this vegan cookbook roundup. Sure, it's not a cookbook, but this little dumpling is used to being mischaracterised. And, besides, no animal products are consumed in the narrative of this book.
"This is not a cookbook, but a children’s book that updates the familiar story of the Ugly Duckling and places it in a Chinese restaurant. The story of self-acceptance (and the acceptance of others who are different) is powerful, and this version and its illustrations are cute and engaging."
A heads up for reviewery types: galleys for The Ugly Dumpling are in the post, or may even be waiting patiently in your letterbox.
If you're a blogger, critic, or someone who can otherwise make a case for getting your hands on the book before the official publication date, get in touch with Sammy Bosch of Mighty Media.
Publishers Weekly, in much more measured tones than I used when I first heard the news, notes that Mighty Media will publish The Ugly Dumpling in spring 2016. Shahar Kober is set to illustrate. And having snuck a peek at his character sketches, I can say quite honestly that you've never seen a more delightful picture of a cockroach in your life. Promise.