Shanghai was the first stop on the children’s book tour in China by the author Endre Lund Eriksen and illustrator Endre Skandfer. During their visit they had a busy schedule with presentations of the book “The Monsters of Dunderly” at Changning Library, Shanghai International Literary Festival and China Hutong College.
The monster creators then continued their tour in Guangzhou, where they visited Peizheng and Zhi Xin schools, and presented their monsters to excited children in Tianhe Book Center and in Guangzhou Library.
Lastly, but not least, the creators came to Beijing. In Beijing, they visited the Tsinghua University Primary School and Beijing Normal University Kindergarten, where they were warmly welcomed by the children. The day after, the creator duo held a presentation for master students at the Capital Normal University, and on Sunday they participated in the Capital M Literary Festival.
In all three cities, the kids were introduced to the different personalities of the colorful monsters and were mesmerized by the story told by Lund Eriksen on what happens when two new monsters suddenly arrive in Dunderly. The young audience paid close attention and made sure to correct Lund Eriksen when the monster’s names were not pronounced correctly in Chinese.
The children were also asked to help Skandfer to create new monsters and together they made strange (and some would say a little scary) creatures with triangular heads, chicken feet and long tails. “Steven Leo” and “Linka Elisabeth” were among the new monsters created by the Chinese children, and who knows, maybe they will end up in a book someday. The conclusion after this book tour is that kids in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Beijing are definitely not afraid of monsters.
You can read more about Lund Eriksen and Skandfer’s China visit here.