By Libby Stille, Publicist
Earlier this fall, we released My Beijing: Four Stories of Everyday Wonder by Nie Jun, his English-language debut. Today we’re sharing sketches and photos that inspired this graphic novel.
My Beijing follows Yu’er and her grandpa. They live in a small neighborhood in Beijing–and it’s full of big personalities. There’s a story around every corner, and each day has a hint of magic.
In one tale, Yu’er wants to swim in the Special Olympics, a sports competition for people with disabilities. But she and her grandpa don’t have a pool! Their trick to help Yu’er practice wows the whole neighborhood. In another story, a friend takes Yu’er to a wild place full of musical insects. Later, Yu’er hears a special story about her grandparents. And in the final story, Yu’er and her grandpa show a cranky painter the sweet side of life.
Sketches and photos
Here are some photos and early sketches of the places that inspired Nie Jun to create My Beijing.
Praise for My Beijing
★ “Jun’s exquisite graphics . . . offer nonstop merriment and whimsical delight.”—starred, Booklist
“[C]ontemporary young readers will easily relate to Yu’er’s longing to be part of a loving community and caring family, and identify with her good humor and grit in facing life’s obstacles.”—The Horn Book Magazine
“Whimsical and sweet, this will remind readers of animated movies such as My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki’s Delivery Service.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Delicate full-color watercolors add to the gentle, dreamy atmosphere of the neighborhood as Yu’er, her friends, and readers discover the simple magic and wonder in everyday life.”—School Library Journal
“Nie Jun’s illustrations are lush, the figures expressive and Beijing itself captivating in its detail.”—Shelf Awareness