Originally Published In: China
Language: Simplified Chinese
Pages per book: 212
Lines per page: 1-9 conversation bubbles
Price per book: $7.95
Bright colors, exciting illustrations, short chapters, funny pranks, good friends, and memorable adventures make this series hard for young readers to put down!
Along with 米小圈上学记 (Mi Xiao Quan School Experience), all primary school age children that we interviewed in China last summer, boys or girls, recommended these Ma Xiaotiao graphic Novels as some of their favorite books. The Ma Xiaotiao graphic novel series have sold 30 million copies in China. This is not only a must-have bridge book series to introduce your child to more advanced chapter book reading, but also a great peek into modern Chinese culture, as well as a perfect introduction to the everyday language that Chinese elementary school kids are using today.
淘气包马小跳 (Táo Qì Bāo Mǎ Xiǎo Tiào) Ma Xiaotiao, also known as Mo's Mischief in English, is a series of children's books written by the award winning Chinese author Yang Hongying, first published in 2003. The books revolve around the protagonist 马小跳 (Mǎ Xiǎo Tiào), a student in a normal elementary school in China. The plots mainly feature special events or stories about him and his friends, be it at home, in school, or anywhere else.
Ma is typically considered the troublemaker in class. He is playful, he will only do what he likes, and is unwilling to study--which often gets him into trouble with his teacher and the class monitor. However, Ma is generally a very sociable person; he is honest, trustworthy, helpful and has a vivid imagination. In short, he is a charismatic character that any young reader will instantly love!
《淘气包马小跳: 小大人丁文涛》Ma Xiaotiao: Class Genius
《淘气包马小跳: 疯丫头杜真子》Ma Xiaotiao: Daisy the Crazy Girl
《淘气包马小跳: 寻找大熊猫》Ma Xiaotiao: Searching for the Giant Panda
《淘气包马小跳: 巨人的城堡》Ma Xiaotiao: The Giant's Castle
《淘气包马小跳: 超级市长》Ma Xiaotiao: The Super Mayor
《淘气包马小跳: 跳跳电视台》Ma Xiaotiao: Tiao Tiao TV Station
《淘气包马小跳: 开甲壳虫车的女校长》Ma Xiaotiao: Madam Principal Who Drives A Beetle
《淘气包马小跳: 名叫牛皮的插班生》Ma Xiaotiao: The New Student Niu Pi
《淘气包马小跳: 侦探小组在行动》Ma Xiaotiao: The Detectives' Action
《淘气包马小跳: 小英雄和芭蕾公主》Ma Xiaotiao: The Hero and the Ballet Princess
Is my child ready for this set?
"Read to me": Ages 7+ will enjoy having these books read to them.
"Read by myself": Ages 8+ who are already comfortable reading other bridge books such as Frog and Toad, will be glad to graduate to this graphic novel series. Although the series does not contain pinyin, the detailed illustrations provide enough context to allow new readers to follow the plot even if they do not recognize every word. With the overwhelming short, everyday conversations, this series introduces young Chinese readers to the very authentic, everyday language of modern Chinese elementary school children. It is a must read for any children who are learning the Chinese language and culture.