Adorable story full of explanations about several Chinese New Year traditions. Great book for Chinese New Year 2020!
Long, long ago, there was a lonely monster. His name was “Nian" ("Year"). He lived on the top of a big mountain. He had never played with any friends. On the coldest day of the year, Nian felt even more isolated.
He was very sad. He dashed down the mountain to scare those people who were alone. People created all sorts of New Year traditions including fire crackers, red lanterns, and colorful posters to scare away the little New Year monster.
But Nian could always find the one child who was alone and sad during New Year. In order to fend off Nian, the lonely kid had to call all his friends…and to be surrounded with all the New Year fun.