From very ancient times there have been many different ideas about what the New Year Beast looks like. Some people say it has a giant head like a lion, but with a huge curved horn on top, and that it has very long hair. Its body is very big and stronger than an elephant. A scary green light glows from its eyes. Its claws are like sickles and its mouth is terribly huge. This story answers the questions: where does this creepy New Year Beast come from? Why does the Beast appear at the time of Chinese New Year? What is the connection between fireworks and such a scary Beast?
Category: picture story book, age 5+
Languages: English; Traditional Chinese.
Feature: illustrated Chinese festivals.
Format: 210x210, 32 pages, full page colour illustrations, hardback.
Published January 2013;
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