by AsianBoss Girl; Melody Cheng; Janet Wang; Helen Wu
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Pub Date 20 Sep 2022 | Archive Date 15 Sep 2022
Quarto Publishing Group – Frances Lincoln Children's Books, Frances Lincoln Children's Books
June's family have a new home in America. There’s plenty to do before their restaurant opens, but Mama is excited when she finds the previous owners have left a Lucky Cat! It’s meant to bring good luck to their ventures, and June is even more excited the next evening when she finds that the statue can come to life.
But unfortunately, Lucky Cat doesn’t seem that lucky. She has the best intentions but she knocks over the vinegar bottle, rips holes in people’s clothing, and sneezes on all the customers. Luckily, June learns that real luck is earned through hard work and perseverance as the family embark on a new venture, close to their hearts.
This beautiful book, authored by the hosts of the hugely popular AsianBossGirl podcast and packed with lively, characterful illustrations from the exceptionally talented Eunice Chen tells a funny and uplifting tale of family love and fitting in in a new country.
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Average rating from 38 members
This is such a sweet book! June and her family move to a new place and set about starting a family business, but they can't seem to find their right place. Enter Lucky Cat and its secret magic. Before long, the family has found their way, and they just may have Lucky Cat to thank.
This story shares some insights into immigrant and Asian cultures. The family-focused theme is perfect for young kids. Lucky Cat adds an element of whimsy while also sharing a bit of Asian culture. My kiddos loved this book!
Thank you to Quarto Publishing Group – Frances Lincoln Children's Books and NetGalley for an advance reader copy!
Very sweet story, beautifully written and illustrated. Lucky Cat is an inspiring glimpse into the life of an immigrant family, as well as the story of a little girl who evolves into a thoughtful, generous soul with the help of her magic lucky cat.
Ahhhh this book! My 4yo son and I loved it. Lucky Cat follows June & her family who have immigrated to start a family business. They struggle to find a perfect fit but with their Lucky Cat, they believe it will all work out. And even if it doesn’t, they have each other. The message is beautiful & we will definitely be purchasing/recommending!
Thank you so much NetGally, and Quarto Publishing Group – Frances Lincoln Children's Books for this preview!
My child asked me to reread this not just once, but TWICE. I had to hand off the third reading to my husband, to get some alone time. If my kid asks for a repeat reading, I always bump a book up a star, but I was going to give this 5 stars even before that!
June and her family have just moved from China to America, and are ready to start a new life running a sushi restaurant. And this restaurant comes with a little helper: Lucky Cat, a jīnmāo or maneki-neko, is a beckoning cat statue that comes alive only for June. Lucky Cat loves to help, but often causes problems. After causing the family business to fail many times, June finally realizes that what her family is actually good at (and what Lucky Cat enjoys most) is their family baos. Thus, lucky cat guides the family to success, as well as herself to an always-full tummy.
Lucky Cat herself is rendered in a cartoon style that would be so wonderfully adapted to a little mini-movie. I could really see this being a Pixar short, or a little Netflix special. In fact, the whole FEEL of the story reminds me a lot of Netflix's "Over the Moon." Someone, present this story to the creative team, ASAP! I'd love to see this as their next project.
Advanced reader copy provided by the publisher.
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