By: Tatsuya Miyanishi
Originally Published in: Japan
Language: Simplified Chinese
Pages per book: 40
Lines per page: 3-7
Price per book: $6.64
Luka® can read all 7 books!
Acclaimed Japanese author and illustrator Tatsuya Miyanishi 宫西达也 has delighted over 10 million children with these popular Dinosaur 恐龙 (kǒng lóng) books. The Mandarin Chinese version is among the top 10 best sellers in China and the top 100 most frequently read stories by Luka®, the children's picture book reading companion.
Why we love these books for Chinese language learners:
- Expansive but conversational languages
- Engaging stories
- Opportunity to learn dinosaur names in Chinese
At first glance, Tatsuya's books might seem like simple tales with basic illustrations of aggressive dinosaurs, but a closer look reveals their true appeal. Their immense popularity stems from heartwarming narratives centered around themes of love, forgiveness, friendship, and self-discovery.
Unlike typical " happily-ever-after" children's stories, Tatsuya Miyanishi's stories often have "sad" endings. Dinosaur friends can go hungry, struggle, misunderstand each other and pass away. The dramatic and sophisticated storytelling is so divergent from the American children's literature norm that it not only captures the attention of little dinosaur fans, but all young hearts craving good stories.
What reviewers are saying about the English editions of these books:
A summary of one of the stories:
In 《永远永远爱你》I Will Love You Forever, a female Maiasaura finds a lost egg in the forest and decides to look after it as her own. As the eggs begin to hatch, she is surprised to find a baby Tyrannosaurus hatching from the mystery egg. The kindhearted mother accepts the baby T-Rex and raises him as her own son, 良太. One day, when 良太 goes to pick berries he encounters another Tyrannosaurus, and the adopted son of the Maiasaura discovers his real identity.
《你看起来好像很好吃 (nǐ kàn qǐ lái hǎo xiàng hěn hǎo chī)》You Look Yummy
《永远永远爱你 (yǒng yuǎn yǒng yuǎn ài nǐ)》 I Will Love You Forever
《霸王龙 (bà wáng lóng)》I Am A Tyrannosaurus
《你真好(nǐ zhēn hǎo)》You Are My Best Friend
《遇到你, 真好 (yù dào nǐ , zhēn hǎo)》So Good to Have Met You
《最爱的, 是我 (zuì ài de, shì wǒ)》I Am Dad's Favorite
《我爱你 (wǒ ài nǐ )》I Really Love You
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Is my child ready for this set?
"Read to me":
Children ages 4+ will enjoy having these books read to them either by Luka® or a caregiver.
"Read by myself":
A perfect early reader that bridges readers ages 6+ to chapter books in the future. Children will need to know over 1000 characters to read these books independently.
Option to pair with Luka®:
Consider adding Luka®, the reading robot, to your order. Luka® reads 70,000 books in Mandarin Chinese!
Set Luka® in front of the book, and it will read aloud any page your child turns to-- creating a unique, independent physical book reading experience even if your child isn't ready to read by themselves. Click to read our founders' personal review of Luka here.