What the Rat Told Me - Thao Lam
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What the Rat Told Me

What the Rat Told Me

What the Rat Told Me

I was at Toronto’s City Hall last week for the unveiling of Chinese activist-artist Ai Weiwei’s sculpture series, Circle of Animal/Zodiac Heads is being displayed in the reflecting pool at Nathan Phillips Square as a part of an upcoming exhibit curate by the Art Gallery of Ontario and Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum. Ai WeiWei: According to What? opens August 17th and runs for two months. It is worth checking out! Keep reading…

What the Rat Told Me is written by Marie Sellier and Catherine Louis. Wang Fei created the stylized red and black linoleum prints that accompany the story. I love the simplicity of the illustrations and the graphic compositions. The Chinese calligraphy on each page should look foreign but because of their graphic looking nature, they become great accent pieces to the overall look. These illustrations would look awesome as posters.

What the Rat Told Me is a legendary tale about how each animal of the Chinese Zodiac came to be. One day at the dawn of the world the Great Emperor of Heaven invited the animals to visit him. Sitting on top of Jade Mountain the Emperor greets and assigns each animal a year in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac. The Chinese zodiac dates back to the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD), adapted from a Chinese Buddhist legend.

According to Chinese calendar year I am a snake, the animal I fear most.

What the Rat Told Me,a children’s book review by Thao Lam

Author Marie Sellier and Catherine Louis

I wasn’t able to find any information on either Marie Sellier or Catherine Louis. If anyone out there as any info about either author, please share.


Illustrator Wang Fei

I wasn’t able to find any information on Wang Fei. If anyone out there has any info, please share.


Publisher NorthSouth (December 10, 2008)

ISBN-10 0735822204

ISBN-13 978-0735822207