Eugenia Chu is one of my new, favourite authors! Honestly, two books in and I’m digging everything she has to give us! Brandon Goes to Hong Kong is a delightful story that whisks the reader away to Brandon’s fun, inviting world.
This book is longer than the first book (which was a short, picture book). We have a short, middle grade read just under one hundred pages. This is an excellent story for five year olds and up, and I can easily see an older age group appreciating this book too! There’s more to unpack with this story, in all the best ways! There’s also lovely illustrations too.
These are the amazing points that I love about this book:
- There is an introduction to Mandarin Chinese and how the tones work. To me, this is super interesting! I love an educational book that is also fun. You don’t have to learn how Mandarin Chinese works, but if you want to Eugenia Chu has video offerings on her website on how to pronounce the words and how to use tones.
- This is a sweet book about family and fun! Brandon goes to Hong Kong (like the title suggests) and gets to experience exciting adventures with his family. You’ll learn about a lot of major hot spots in Hong Kong when you read this book too. I definitely liked Googling some of the places he went to take me away during all the craziness of our current times.
- There questions at the end of the chapters to prompt discussion. Whether you love story telling, or just want a more engaged audience – this book is selling it all and making it work!
- There’s a full glossary of words at the back! I love me some educational books. I also enjoyed learning how to pronounce these words (I’m not the best, but I’m learning and trying!).
- There’s also an introduction to Cantonese. It’s a little less than Mandarin, but it’s super cool! And an introduction to what buddhism actually is! That’s a topic I’ve always wanted to learn a little more about, so it was mighty cool learning it from a book. It makes it kid friendly and simple, and it also doesn’t go into anything too controversial. Just a basic understanding of what goes along with that word.
- Dragons, kites, Komodo dragons, pandas and fantastical delights! What more can a young reader ask for?
Overall, I highly recommend this book. It’s an excellent read for young and older audiences alike!
Five out of five stars!
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