At long last, the day is finally here! The day I get to reveal the cover of my debut picture book, THE NIAN MONSTER, to the world. The first time I saw a draft of the cover was in December 2015 — ten months ago! It’s been really hard to keep a secret for so long, especially one that’s this beautiful:


Didn’t illustrator Alina Chau do a fabulous job?! And I’m thrilled that Mia Wenjen, AKA Pragmatic Mom, is hosting me today on her wonderful blog. Please check out my guest post on her site for more info about THE NIAN MONSTER and the book cover! Mia’s site is a treasure trove of kidlit resources, including lists of other Chinese New Year picture books as well as Chinese New Year crafts and activities. Chinese (Lunar) New Year is coming up soon on January 28, 2017 — it’s never too early to start preparing!

THE NIAN MONSTER releases on December 1st, but you can pre-order it now from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or IndieBound if you feel inclined.

Xie xie! (Thank you!)

Andrea WangAndrea Wang’s debut picture book, The Nian Monster, is a Chinese New Year folktale retelling set in modern-day Shanghai. The Nian Monster will be published by Albert Whitman & Co. in December 2016. She has also written seven nonfiction books for the educational market.

Andrea spent most of her first grade year reading under the teacher’s desk, barricaded by tall stacks of books. At home, she dragged books, chocolate chips, and the family pet into her closet to read. Not much has changed since then, except for the closet part! Before becoming a writer, Andrea cleaned up hazardous waste sites as an environmental consultant. She recently moved to Colorado with her family and a plump dumpling of a rescue dog. You can find Andrea online at, on Twitter under @AndreaYWang, and on Instagram as @andreawhywang.


Filed under cover art, Picture books, Uncategorized

19 responses to “Cover Reveal: THE NIAN MONSTER

  1. annbedichek

    It is gorgeous!!!

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  2. Beautiful Andrea! Wow! I can’t wait for this!

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  3. mariagianferrari

    Hooray for NIAN!!! This is such a gem of a book, Andrea, and the perfect debut! Congrats–you so deserve it! ❤ ❤ ❤

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  4. mariagianferrari

    Hooray for NIAN!! This is a gem of a book, Andrea & the perfect debut! Congrats!! Can’t wait until it’s out!! ❤ ❤ ❤


  5. mariagianferrari

    Woops!! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  6. HOORAY for you! And for this absolutely gorgeous cover AND for this fabulous story! I can’t wait add THE NIAN MONSTER to my bookshelf! xo

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Striking composition and gorgeous colors. Nice that you can show your “baby’s” face at last!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Jason Gallaher

    I love, love, love this cover!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Gorgeous cover, Andrea! It will absolutely POP on a shelf of picture books!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. pmv2452

    Beautiful!! Congrats!!

    Liked by 1 person

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