Chinese / People's Republic of China

Zui ke pa de yi tian
(The most terrible day)

Tang mu niu ( Zhen, Guo liu, Chen, Kuo Liu) (text/illus.)
Beijing: Bei jing Lian he chu ban gong si (Beijing United Publishing Limited),
2013. – [36] p.
(Originally published 2012 in traditional Chinese characters by Global Views - Commonwealth Publishing Group, Taipei)
(Series: Qi fa jing xuan hua yu yuan chuang you xiu hui ben)
ISBN 978-7-5502-2035-5

Shyness | Stage fright | Imagination

Tomorrow is going to be the most terrible day, Liu Fangling thinks. Surely there will be an earthquake, volcano eruption, or catastrophic fl ood. The girl imagines the worst because she is nervous about giving a speech in front of her classmates the next day. Liu never outgrows her shyness – thirty years later, she is asked to speak in public as the youngest winner of a global construction award. But despite her stage fright, that is not as terrible because the occasion is so wonderful. With the help of his personalised illustrations, Tang mu niu creates a vivid portrait of a timid child’s inner world, which he hopes the audience will come to better understand.

Author and illustrator Tang mu niu was born in 1966 in Taipei and studied sculpture. His picture books have received numerous awards, including the most important Taiwanese picture book prize, the Hsin-yi Young Children’s Literature Award of the Hsin-Yi Foundation. This book earned him his second prestigious Hong Kong Feng Zikai Chinese Children’s Picture Book Award. (Age: 3+)

Originally published 2012 in traditional Chinese characters by Global Views - Commonwealth Publishing Group, Taipei