Little girl Niuniu just lost her front tooth. Grandpa says that if one wants to be tall and have good luck, his lower jaw tooth should be thrown onto the roof once it falls off. Niuniu passes the alleys she is familiar to find Grandpa to throw the tooth onto the roof of their old house together. Will the old house still be where it was? Will the tooth stay on the roof? Will the old house be torn down? Will there be a new building there? Will everything be as customary as the new tooth will grow once the old one shed? And what will the new life be like? This picture book managed to record the details and the moments of transition and change through the story of a child growing her permanent teeth and the illustration of the life in the old alleys of the old town and the customs of childhood, expressing the lament on the traditional houses and life styles diminishing with urbanization.
The 4th Picture Book Award Winning Books
- Author：Liu Xun
- Illustrator：Liu Xun
- Publisher：China Welfare Institute Publishing House
- Age Range：3-8
- Publication Date：03-2014
Liu Xun, now lives in Nanjing, majored in Arts and Crafts Design in university and once worked as a designer and an animation producer. She has been enthusiastically interested in oil painting and went back to study classical oil painting techniques in university after she had been an arts and crafts designer for years. By now, she has received many awards for her canvases both at the national and provincial level.
She began to show her interest for picture books when her baby girl was born and at the same time started to create her own picture books. So far, she has published four picture books: The Travel of Tomatoes; May; Tooth, Tooth, to the Roof; and Move, Quickly. In 2015, she joined other writers and painters in Nanjing and accomplished the epic picture book That year of Nanjing.
Now she keeps painting everyday and teaches a group of kids to draw at the weekends. She is eager to share what she has learned with the lovely children.