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Highly Recommended. Stories of Strange Creatures and Fearsome Beasts from Around the World. Art by Sija Hong. A beautifully illustrated collection of traditional folktales about bewitching and blood-thirsty creatures with all new work. Welcome to a world of magical adventure: a mysterious wolf pursues a bridegroom through a dark forest, a princess is trapped in a monster’s body, and a dragon is coming with a storm in its wake. 21 stories explore “After Dark,” “Over Water, Under Water,” and “Not As They Seem.” Chronicle Books, 2020.

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A beautifully illustrated collection of traditional folktales about bewitching and blood-thirsty creatures with all new work. Welcome to a world of magical adventure: a mysterious wolf pursues a bridegroom through a dark forest, a princess is trapped in a monster’s body, and a dragon is coming with a storm in its wake. 21 stories explore “After Dark,” “Over Water, Under Water,” and “Not As They Seem.”

• The tales come alive alongside spellbinding contemporary art, a full page, full color illustration for each of the 21 tales, by amazing Chinese illustrator Sija Hong
• Each story transports readers to a different enthralling world
• Part of the popular Tales series, featuring Tales of Japan, Celtic Tales, and Tales of India

As you roam from Japan to Nigeria and Ireland to Guyana, you’ll witness deadly pacts, heroic feats, and otherworldly journeys.

Features tales from Australia, China, Estonia, Finland, France, Great Sioux Nation, Guyana, Iceland, India, Inuit Nunangat, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Nigeria, Philippines, Pueblo of Isleta, Scotland, South Africa, Syria, Turkey, and Ukraine.

A special illustrated edition, complete with an embossed, textured cover and a ribbon marker
• Perfect gift for fairy tale and folklore lovers, fans of monsters and creatures, collectors of illustrated classics, adults and teens alike, and bibliophiles
• A visually gorgeous book that will be at home on the shelf or on the coffee table

We really like the artwork here, it’s imaginative, highly detailed, wonderfully representative of each story. Sija Hong is a Chinese illustrator based in New York City. We hope to see more of her work — she is definitely Spectrum-level talent (and her work has appeared there). This is artwork everyone will enjoy.

More about the artist:

The great strength of Sija’s work is in the way she combines Eastern and Western elements to generate something fresh. Chinese brushwork forms the foundation, but contemporary palettes and modern themes ensure each project is exciting and different.

AWARDS

Art Directors Club; The Young Ones Portfolio Award, Silver; 2018 Creative Quarterly 52 – Illustration: Student Winner, 2018

CLIENT LIST

Sija’s client list includes Abrams, Scientific American, NASDAQ: NTES, Tencent, People’s Literature Publishing House, Tsinghua University Press, Valiant Entertainment, UID Works and Quingdao Publishing Group.

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