"Happy Birthday" is a family love and caring story using an omniscient perspective to descript a family rushing home separately in a day. From the map on the title page, the book is using a vertical folding approach to show the walking route on the map. Reading can trace the characters' footsteps to walk around the streets. In between, the interaction among the neighbours makes the readers experience the humanity of neightbourhood. In terms of the layout design, the time and space of the two storylines are separated by picture frames, so that the two lines have their own development. It is followed by a vertical spread where the relevant characters are ably arranged on the same street scene. The split pictures and page spreads are applied alternately and regularly, and become the main feature of this book's layout. It not only helps to develop two separated storylines, but also pave a way for an unexpected ending which make fun to the readers. Instead of saying that the story of“The way Home”, “misled” the reader, it is better that the author created another interesting storyline to strengthen the sense of care among the family members without distinguishing you and me.
The 7th Picture Book Award Winning Books
- Author：Adeline Ko
- Illustrator：Adeline Ko
- Publisher：Picture Book Cultural Industries (Hong Kong) Company Limited
- Age Range：5 - 9
- Publication Date：8-2020
Adeline Ko graduated from Hong Kong Polytechnic University with a Major in Environmental Design, and in the latter years, received a Master Degree of Education in Chinese Children's Literature. In recent years, with a perpetual passion in creating and promoting local picture books for children, she founded her own publishing house “Picture Book Cultural Industry” (PBCI) in 2012. Her books include Unexpected (2014), which was shortlisted in the 4th Feng Zikai Chinese Children's Picture Book Award; and Waiting, the first prize winner in the 1st Hong Kong Picture Book Award, was published in 2016 and was awarded the Outstanding Chinese Children's Picture Book Award in the 5th Feng Zikai Chinese Children's Picture Book Award. Her new books include The Way Home Is No Longer Steep (2019) and Happy Birthday (2020).