Books by Chen Jiang Hong

THE TIGER PRINCE by Chen Jiang Hong
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"This richly illustrated tale is both emotionally compelling and thought-provoking, and its timely message of understanding and compassion will resonate with readers of all ages. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this Chinese folktale, a tigress lashes out in grief and anger after her cubs have been killed by hunters, attacking several villages. Read full book review >
LITTLE EAGLE by Chen Jiang Hong
Released: Oct. 30, 2007

The creator of The Magic Horse of Han Gan (2006) offers another set of big, dramatic illustrations done in a classical Chinese style—but this time in service to a poorly written (or poorly translated) story. Orphaned by cruel General Zhao during the building of the Great Wall, a lad is taken in by sage Master Yang, studies the Eagle Boxing style of kung fu and then carries on the tradition after Zhao "treacherously attacked Master Yang in the back" during the climactic battle. Whether seen as tiny figures in rocky, bleak landscapes or closer up, scowling and posing in balletic fighting postures, Yang and the lad are strongly present in the art—as is Master Yang's particularly fierce-looking eagle—and will make a more lasting impression than the terse, sketchy text. Fans of Emily Arnold McCully's Beautiful Warrior (1998) may be mildly appreciative. (Picture book. 7-9) Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 1, 2006

Hong illustrates this new, if familiarly premised, legend about a historical Tang Dynasty artist with big, splendidly accomplished paintings, brushed on brown silk in a traditional style. Little Han Gan is too poor to afford brushes and paper, but such is his talent that even a drawing in the dirt earns him the support of renowned painter Wang Wei. This is followed by admission to an academy and wide fame for painting horses so spirited that they are said to come to life. One night, a literal-minded warrior comes to beg for a steed, and Han Gan actually creates one that springs off the paper. After many battles, though, the horse tires of the blood and death, and so Han Gan wakes one day to find that a sixth has joined the five horses he painted the day before. The youthful but dignified painter, the glowering warrior and especially the succession of muscular, proud, subtly hued horses will have a powerful impact on young audiences. Shelve this plainly told tale next to such similar tales of artistic transformations as Elizabeth Partridge's Kogi's Mysterious Journey (2003), Margaret Leaf's Eyes of the Dragon (1987) or the various renditions of "The Boy Who Drew Cats." (author's note) (Picture book. 7-9)Read full book review >