Eyes That Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho

Dispatched within 7-10 working days.

 

A New York Times Bestseller and #1 Indie Bestseller

 

I absolutely adore this beautifully written and celebratory picture book; you can read my personal review and its impact on my family on Instagram.

 

Publisher's Description: This lyrical, stunning picture book tells a story about learning to love and celebrate your Asian-shaped eyes, in the spirit of Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry, and is a celebration of diversity. A young Asian girl notices that her eyes look different from her peers'. They have big, round eyes and long lashes. She realises that her eyes are like her mother’s, her grandmother's, and her little sister's.

 

They have eyes that kiss in the corners and glow like warm tea, crinkle into crescent moons, and are filled with stories of the past and hope for the future. “When the narrator comes to describe her own eyes and acknowledges the power they hold, she is posed against swirling patterns, figures, and swaths of breathtaking landscapes from Chinese culture.

 

This tale of self-acceptance and respect for one’s roots is breathtaking.” -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

 

“Sweeping, expressive illustrations deeply connect readers to the many dimensions of this story…each word is carefully chosen to beautifully enhance the message. Expertly paired, the text and illustrations amplify each other superbly, in an important addition to every library serving young children and their families.” -- School Library Journal (starred review)

 

“At the emotional height of the story, the poetic descriptions of her Asian eyes are mythic and affirming, and she appears amid grandiose illustrations of fantastical beasts and landscapes from Chinese culture. In the end, the tale winds down from the mythical back to the personal with a simple family portrait. All that beauty is there in the eyes of her family.” -- Booklist (starred review)

 

“A poignant testament to familial love and legacy.” -- Publishers Weekly

Eyes That Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho

£12.99Price
  • Reading age: 4-8 years

    Pages: 40

    Language: English

    Cover: Hardcover

    Dimensions: 23.4 x 27.9 cm

    Publisher: Harper Collins

  • Joanna Ho is passionate about equity in books and education. She has been an English teacher, a dean, and a teacher professional development mastermind. She is currently the vice principal of a high school in the San Francisco Bay Area. Homemade chocolate chip cookies, outdoor adventures, and dance parties with her kids make Joanna’s eyes crinkle into crescent moons. Her books for young readers include Eyes That Kiss in the Corners. Visit her at www.joannahowrites.com and @JoannaHoWrites.

    Dung Ho (illustrator) was born and raised in Hue Imperial City, Vietnam, where she studied graphic design at the Hue Arts University. She finds inspiration in nature—the beauty of plants, flowers, and leaves. She also loves to draw interesting characters with unique personalities. Now she lives in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, where she continues to learn and develop her art, something she loves doing. When she’s not drawing, she loves spending time cooking (eating), watching movies, and tending her plants. Visit her at www.behance.net/hanhdung.