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The Chinese Emperor's New Clothes

Written by Ying Compestine

Illustrated by David Roberts

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The Chinese Emperor's New Clothes Synopsis

Ming Da is only nine years old when he becomes the emperor of China, and his three advisors take advantage of the young emperor by stealing his rice, gold, and precious stones. But Ming Da has a plan. With the help of his tailors, he comes up with a clever idea to outsmart his devious advisors: He asks his tailors to make magical new clothes for him. Anyone who is honest, the young emperor explains, will see the clothes' true splendor, but anyone who is dishonest will see only burlap sacks. The emperor dons a burlap sack, and the ministers can't help but fall for his cunning trick.

The Chinese Emperor's New Clothes Press Reviews

A supremely stylish retelling of The Emperor's New Clothes in which a boy ruler outwits his ministers to save his people. Inspired by the author growing up hungry during the Cultural Revolution. The Sunday Times Culture

In Ying Chang Compestine's The Chinese Emperor's New Clothes, a resourceful boy emperor takes on his swindling advisers, causing them to parade in rice sacks as he wins back his wealth to feed and clothe the poor. This is an appealing twist on a well-loved tale, brought vividly to life by David Roberts's apple-cheeked, expressive illustrations. The Guardian

Beautifully illustrated by David Roberts, this brings fresh light on an old tale. Parents in Touch

The excellence of it's production and the ingenuity of the story's young hero both conspire and to give this picture book considerable child appeal. Carousel

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ISBN: 9781419725425
Publication date: 26/12/2017
Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers an imprint of Abrams
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781419725425
Publication date: 26th December 2017
Author: Ying Compestine
Illustrator: David Roberts
Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers an imprint of Abrams
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers

About Ying Compestine

Ying Chang Compestine grew up in Communist China and now lives in Lafayette, California. She is a popular author of children books, cookbooks, and novels. David Roberts has illustrated many children books, including bestsellers Ada Twist, Scientist, Rosie Revere, Engineer, and Iggy Peck, Architect.

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