The Night Before Lunar New Year

Grosset & Dunlap. (The Night Before). Dec. 2022. 32p. pap. $5.99. ISBN 9780593384213.
K-Gr 2–Lunar New Year is featured in this latest installment of Wing’s “The Night Before” series. Simple rhyming text and illustrations show an Asian family getting ready for and participating in Lunar New Year festivities. Ho and Wing bring authenticity to the examples of activities for this holiday, including a parade featuring the Nian monster, feeding a lion mascot oranges and lettuce, giving red envelopes containing money, and hanging spring poems. However, there is no strong plot, and the book lacks a glossary of the included terms and context for the displayed customs. Interested readers may be motivated to find nonfiction books on this holiday celebration.
VERDICT Though simple, rhyming text will engage young readers, this is only recommended if looking for additional books on Lunar New Year.

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