A National Book Award Finalist
A 2022 ALSC Notable Children’s Book
A 2021 Horn Book Fanfare List selection
A 2021 ALA Best Graphic Novels for Children Reading List selection
A 2022 Little Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List selection
PRAISE FOR THE LEGEND OF AUNTIE PO
“Hopeful, humane, empowering story.” —New York Times Book Review
“In this reclamatory and illuminating graphic novel, Khor underscores the healing power of sharing stories.” —Shelf Awareness
“A sweet book that places a Chinese girl squarely at the center of the frame… the art is lovely, it’s enjoyable for young kids who can relate to Mei as a protagonist or enjoyable to adults who only remember what it was like to be thirteen.” —NPR Pop Culture Happy Hour
* “A timely and ultimately hopeful tale.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review.
* “A multifaceted addition to the historical graphic novel genre, this unique bildungsroman successfully presents many formidable topics with intentional and comprehensive grace.” —The Horn Book, starred review.
*”A moving read that skillfully explores themes of racism, privilege, and identity. A must for all libraries.” – School Library Journal, starred review.
“On the surface, this story is the birth of a folktale, but the author explores much deeper topics: grief, family, loyalty, racism, and self-discovery. … Watercolors are beautiful and illustrations are clean and simple, conveying a childlike air while tackling serious subject matter.” —Booklist
“Khor (The American Dream?) straddles myth and harsh realities via stunning digital pencil and hand-painted watercolor art that highlights cornerstones of Chinese culture. Much will resonate with diasporic readers, though any reader will find Mei’s journey cathartic.” —Publishers Weekly