The Year of the Sheep

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9.6 X 10.1 X 0.5 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author
Oliver Chin is the author of the popular annual children's book series Tales from the Chinese Zodiac. This remains the only series in English on the animals of the Lunar New Year, which is increasingly celebrated worldwide. He presents at schools, libraries, and museums nationwide and teaches artists of all ages how to create their own comic books.

Alina Chau received her Master of Fine Arts in Animation from UCLA, School of Theater, Film and Television in 2001. She has helped produce animation and gaming titles Ben 10, Silent Hill, Gears of War, The Incredible Hulk, God of War, Medal of Honor, Sypro, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars. See her art at
"This year, Chin introduces a new collaborator, San Francisco artist Alina Chau, whose whimsically watercolor-ed, large-eyed characters seem to beckon you right onto the page...Any way you turn the page, you've got another intrepid, courageous, tenacious tale to enjoy."
- Smithsonian BookDragon
"Oliver Chin creates characters that embody 'qualities' of the year and weaves a fun story about humans and animals working together." - Planet Smarty Pants
"readers born in the year of the sheep are kindhearted and cooperative, and Chin uses these traits well to create a sweet, wild and woolly heroine. For the first time, Chau illustrates for this series, and she is a good fit. Some brush strokes and scenes are reminiscent of Chinese brush painting, and little surprises, such as a resting tiger counting sheep in Chinese, add mysticism and charm. The Year of the Sheep is cause for celebration, especially for fans of the series."
"With themes that include cooperation, friendship, creativity and even a dose of engineering, this delightful picture book is an excellent choice to share with young children. The soft watercolor illustrations by Alina Chau are a perfect fit for the story." - Baltimore County Public Library
"Every year we share author Oliver Chin's new Tales from the Chinese Zodiac book, so we'd be remiss not to mention 2015's Year of the Sheep, which is a wonderful addition to any baby's library. The best part is that you can pull it out and enjoy it for years, even when she's old enough to read it herself. Sniffle." - Cool Mom Picks
"In this tenth title in the Tales of the Chinese Zodiac series, Chin and Chau introduce Sydney, a baby sheep with enormous blue eyes, cottony swirls of wool, and a strong desire to "explore off the beaten path."...Working in watercolor, Chau creates a dewy-eyed, playfully caricatured cast of animals and humans that should hold readers' interest"
"Combined with Chau's stylized illustrations in a rainbow of colors, the prose in The Year of the Sheep demonstrates the personality of one particular little lamb Sydney, the story's main character....Parents will enjoy sharing this picture book about the rewards of being a team player." - Good Reads with Ronna