Ali the billionaire has a face round as an onion and a body as bloated as a roly-poly toy. Ali is always boasting about his “love” for animals, and nothing compares to his collection of rare and unique animals, but what really is “love”? The illustrator typically draws a bird besides Ali who always exclaims, “As if!” which strengthens the irony and creates tension within the story, taking the reader on a journey full of voices, imagination, fun and wonder. In the end, the book allows readers to think about Ali's “love” for the animals, what kind of love it is. The entire text is written in rhymes, which makes the book easier to read; and the illustrations are colorful, bright, creative, and humorous, which makes the book fun to read.
The 3rd Picture Book Award Winning Books
- Author：Li-Huang Huang
- Illustrator：Chih-Ming Huang
- Publisher： Walkers Cultural Co., Ltd. / Little Bear Books
- Age Range：4-8
- Publication Date：03 – 2011
“Once upon a time, in a far faraway country, there was a very very small city…” This book is literally my favorite among all the candidates of the award this year. The reason is that the story is fascinating and filled with playful fun. The author has her heart on telling children a story, but not on expressing herself. “Ali the billionaire, had a face round and white, which is spring-onion-like. Ali the tubby, was like the toy roly-poly. Boing, boing, boing, that was Ali walking.” “Speaking of animals, in the world, I, Ali, am the one who have seen the most, hunted the most, raised the most and eaten the most.” Reading this, I can picture in my mind that the children devour the book. If I were a child, I would definitely beg my parents to buy this book.
Ali Loves Animals has not only an interesting storyline, but also a vivid and rhythmic verbal text. Moreover, it uses the technique of rhyme. “Hundreds and thousands of eyes were watching Ali. Each and every open mouth was showing keen teeth. It was so scary that Ali cries thunderingly.” ”Ali took to his heels, running desperately at full speed! Monsters jumped and flied after Ali, chasing closely behind him!” “He rowed the boat chaotically, messily and crazily. All he wanted was to leave the terrible island immediately.” Lines like these are catchy to read and sound pleasure.
The quality of word texts in picture books can make crucial effect. Nowadays there is lack of good plot of picture books, and many people just make efforts on innovations but ignore storylines and the using of word language. In this circumstance, this book stands out. Its pictorial language is also lively and has its rhythm. The only drawbacks are that it is too cartoon, and that the color using need more deliberation. It is regretful that this book did not win the first prize.
Tang Ya Ming (senior children's book editor of Fukuinkan Shoten Publishers)
Li-Huang was born in Pingtung City in 1956. When she was a child, she was taught by her neighbor who was studying agriculture and could recognize different plant varieties. Since then, Li-Huang loved identifying flowers and trees at the roadside and going over their names one by one. Li-Huang liked mathematics and literature; however, she studied chemistry abroad and received her Master's Degree. After returning to Taiwan, she entered the publishing industry and edited Little Newton Encyclopedia for Learning and Into Nature: the City. After her daughter was born in 1987, she became a full-time housewife.
Li-Huang had a wide range of interests and is fond of making different kinds of DIY crafts, particularly in bead stringing. Her crafts were popular amongst her friends and relatives.
In 1997, Li-Huang was diagnosed with cancer, and in 2008, her cancer had recurred. It had metastasized to the liver and later to her lymphatic system. In March 2009, she passed away at the Koo Foundation Sun Yat-Sen Cancer Center.
Chih-Ming was born in Yilan, Taiwan in 1956. He worked at primary schools for thirty years, and after retirement, he devoted himself to creating picture books and books for teaching arts and crafts. Chih-Ming likes drawing and is fond of movies and documentary films, and he also enjoys eating and trying street food. Concerned with current events, human rights and environmental issues, he often blends these topics into his arts and crafts classes. His published works include Ali Loves Animals, Rubon and Archie (Best Picture Book, Hong Chien-Chuan Children's Literature Award), Boaster, The Most Wonderful Present, and The Art Class Which Travels through Space and Time.