Alina Chau

A Peek at the Creative Space of Alina Chau

Alina Chau is the illustrator of several picture books including Double Happiness (written by Nancy Tupper Ling), The Year of the Sheep (written by Oliver Chin), and the picture book app Pickle. Her latest picture book is The Nian Monster, written by Andrea Wang. The Nian Monster tells the story of the legendary monster who returns to Shanghai at Chinese New Year, and Xingling, the clever girl who figures out how to stop him. Publisher’s Weekly gave the book a starred review and said, “Wang’s story thrills but doesn’t threaten: Chau’s wonderfully vivid watercolors give the monster doe eyes and a round body that make him seem like a cranky, overgrown teddy bear, and Wang shares cultural information about the Chinese New Year with the lightest of touches.”… Read the rest