Written by Joyce Chng and illustrated by Jérémy Pailler
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A Singaporean, Joyce Chng writes mainly science fiction (SFF) and YA fiction. She likes steampunk and tales of transformation/
Jérémy Pailler is a French illustrator. He mainly uses ink on paper to convey the stories he wants to share. He mixes his practice with animation, creating short films with singular narrative developments. His creative research is complemented by a PhD in the Plastic Arts. His first animated children’s film, “Gerdas Vej” was selected to screen at multiple international film festivals, and won the Best Animation For Teenagers award at the Festival Internacional de Cine y Audiovisual Infantil y Juvenil in Venezuela and the Best Foreign Student Animation award at the International Family Film Festival in the United States. Jérémy’s artwork is proudly featured on our website. You can find out more about him at www.jeremypailler.com.
What inspired me to write Dragon Dancer?
I would say Chinese dragons and the Lunar New Year. I am writing this one day before Lunar New Year’s eve, a time when we welcome Spring and bid the old year goodbye. I love Lunar New Year, because it is a time for family gatherings and delicious food. Lion and dragon dances are common during the fifteen days of celebrations. If you visit any shopping mall or home, you might hear loud drumming and the clash of cymbals… then the lion or dragon appears in a flash of vivid colour. Lions and dragons are auspicious animals; they chase away the bad luck. Also, they are so real when they bounce, leap and swoop. We all know that there are humans beneath all the fur and sequins, but once the music starts, they become alive, like magic, and suddenly you are looking at a big furry lion or regal dragon, with fluttering eyelashes and gaping mouth. Isn’t that cool?
Joyce Chng, author of Dragon Dancer
Author: Joyce Chng
Illustrator: Jérémy Pailler
Release date: 1st January 2018
Page number: 32
Age range: 4-8
ISBN (hardback): 978-1-911373-26-1
Product dimensions: 24cm x 24cm