You’ll laugh out loud at the ridiculous and ironic lengths the lazy ghost goes to in order to follow the boy’s directions. Those familiar with the stone soup story will recognize the themes of stalling for time and creating a diversion in the recipe, but the elements included here make the story fresh and new. Having the foundation of the story rooted in the Ghost Festival of the Chinese calendar, when Chinese people leave food offerings for ghost that are supposed to roam the streets during this time, gives the story a broader cultural reference.
Great story with colorful illustrations by James Yamasaki that would be perfect during the Ghost Festival, Halloween or any time of year. Included on the last page is a recipe for your own (boy free) dumplings.
Boy Dumplings by Ying Chang Compestine; illustrated by James Yamasaki; Holiday House; 2009; $16.95