Papa and his son Tiger lead their donkey into the city to go to the market. On their way, people keep on advising them as to who should be riding the donkey. The contradicting advice confuses them greatly, and results them to falling into a pond. The father and son eventually understand that it isn't necessary to follow other people's words, and happily lead the donkey into the city.
The 2nd Picture Book Award Winning Books
- Author：Cookie Lin
- Illustrator：Chien-Hung Liao
- Publisher：Hsin Yi Publications
- Age Range：5-12
- Publication Date：12-2010
Amongst all colorful candidate picture books, the monochromatic Going to the Marketplace is especially attractive. The author uses traditional wood-engraving and paper-cutting techniques to outline the fresh and sober image in black, which makes the seemingly monotonous black-and-white more impressive than otherwise. I always believe that colors in children's imagination are more vivid, three-dimensional, natural, and long-lasting than colors instilled. This work is nuanced with Chinese culture. The ancient story is simple and interesting. The repetition and development of the plot as well as the characters'progress and encounters are appropriate subject matters for picture books. It has long been a difficult task to combine the richness of eastern culture and the format of picture book from the west, but I think the bold attempt in this work is quite successful. Children may not be familiar with characters in this book, such as Monkey King, Lin Daiyu, Wu Song, Jiang Taigong, etc… Even so, they can still enjoy reading the story. In addition, through reading with children, adults can tell these “Dragon's descendants” the works and characters they ought to know. It is likewise for foreign children, who may even have fresher and stronger stimulation. It is not an easy task blending ancient culture in children's literature via contemporary methods. It is even harder making something national into something global and universal. The author must have put a lot of efforts creating this work. I believe that once Jiang Taigong's fishing in the end and the father and son's going to town is more smoothly related, this could be a world-class masterpiece.
Tang Yaming (Chinese-Japanese Children's Picture Books editor, writer and translator)
The author was born in Kaohsiung in 1970, and graduated from the business administration department of the Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences. She is currently dedicated to being an author, and is a columnist at the Mandarin Daily News. Lin frequently undertakes creative projects with her husband, an illustrator, and has received a Guo Zheng Chen Children's Literature Award, first prize at the Hsin-Yi Children Literature Award and the award of excellence at the Hsin-Yi Picture Book Award. Her works include The Scarecrow 《稻草人》, The Clown, the Rabbit and the Magician 《小丑•兔子•魔術師》, The Toad and the Chameleon 《癩蛤蟆與變色龍》and Going to the Marketplace 《進城》.
Chien-Hung Liao was born in Pingtung in 1971, and graduated from Fu-Hsing Trade and Arts School. He currently provides illustrations for picture books. Liao has received the 7th and 8th Guo Zheng Chen Children's Literature Award, the Reed Pipe Award（牧笛獎）from the Mandarin Daily News, first prize at the Hsin-Yi Children's Literature Awards, and the award of excellence at the Hsin-Yi Picture Book Awards. His works include The Scarecrow 《稻草人》, The Clown, the Rabbit and the Magician 《小丑•兔子•魔術師》, The Toad and the Chameleon 《癩蛤蟆與變色龍》、Grandpa Chauffeur 《司機爺爺》and Going to the Marketplace 《進城》.