There is no class on Wednesday afternoon, the children are all very happy, and even the teacher wants to rest during this time, so he asks the students to chase the tadpoles by the river, which results in a series of very interesting events happens…so did they catch any tadpoles?
The 1st Picture Book Award Winning Books
- Author：An Shih-liu
- Illustrator：An Shih-liu
- Publisher：Hsin Yi Publications
- Age Range：5-10
- Publication Date：04-2004
The text and image in A Wednesday Afternoon, Chasing Tadpoles are closely connected. The theme and narrative resonate with each other. The plot is composed of multiple narrations, such as dialogues between school children and their teacher's colleagues, dialogues between red fish and tadpoles in the river, the “fish dialogue” between the other group of teacher and students, the narrator's voiceover, the texts in newspaper, and the students' homework, etc…The linear nature of time is broken by the montages of multiple voices, which present its postmodern structure. This picture book mocks the image of teachers, and subverts the relationship between teachers and students. Nevertheless, the tone is rather joking than jeering. With succinct text and free, confident, and vigorous image, this is not only an outstanding work when it comes to style and format. It is also a critical signpost in the process of Chinese picture book development.
Fiona Feng-hsin Liu (Associate Professor, Department of Foreign Languages, National Chung Hsing University)
Born in Tainang, Taiwan in 1969, An Shih-liu graduated from the Children's Literature Institute at National Taitung University. Her favourite picture book is Dwarf 《小矮人》and her favorite author is Fyodor Dostoyevsky. She has won numerous children's book awards in Taiwan: A Wednesday Afternoon, Chasing Tadpoles 《星期三下午，捉．蝌．蚪》won the Hsin Yi Children's Picture Book Prize; The Loneliness Which Crushes the Branches 《那壓垮枝子的寂寞》won the Times Literary Award Jury Award; Princess Si-si 《絲絲公主》won the Second Place in the Mu Di Prize; The Most Beautiful Net 《最美麗的網》 won the Nanying Literature Award; A T0TAL MESS 《亂 7 8 糟》won the Hsin Yi Children's Picture Book Jury Awards.