A young boy performs the dragon dance on the cover of diverse book Dragon Dancer
An Asian boy enters a room decorated in the Chinese style in a scene from Dragon Dancer
In a scene from Dragon Dancer, an Asian boy performs the dragon dance at a mall decorated for the Chinese New Year celebration
In a scene from Dragon Dancer an Asian boy rides on the back of a mythical Chinese dragon on Chinese New Year
In a scene from Dragon Dancer a dragon's eye gazes at the viewer while a boy's hand caresses his snout
Dragon Dancer
Dragon Dancer
Dragon Dancer
Dragon Dancer

Dragon Dancer

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Written by JOYCE CHNG | Illustrated by JÉRÉMY PAILLER


It is the eve of Chinese New Year and Yao is preparing to wake the ancient sky dragon, Shen Long, from his year-long sleep. From the moment Shen Long opens his great amber eyes and unfurls his silver-blue tail, Yao will be propelled on a magical journey through the skies of Singapore to battle the bad luck of the previous year and usher in the good. Will he succeed? Will his grandfather watch over him and protect him from harm? 



*A Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year
*North Somerset Teachers' Book Award (longlist)

'A visually lush and stunning selection' – School Library Journal 

'This is an amazing book, offering a wealth of opportunities for use in school as well as being a wonderful story to share again and again' – North Somerset Teachers’ Book Award committee 

This book really is utterly stunning, told in atmospheric prose with glorious illustrations to match' – Phil and Charlotte, ReadItDaddy

Book Details

Reading Age: 4-6 years
Extent: 32 pages
Book size: 24 x 24 cm
Pub Date: 12th October 2015
ISBN (softcover): 

Why people love this book

'My grandson loved the illustrations in this book and wanted to know if he could be a dragon dancer' – Carla Johnson-Hicks on Goodreads 

‘With evocative prose and gorgeous illustrations, Dragon Dancer brings a wonderful Lunar New Year tradition to life.’– Cindy Pon, author of Serpentine and Silver Phoenix

'Rich, atmospheric illustrations in this magical story about the celebration of Chinese New Year' – Booktrust

'Joyce Chng has created a magical story around the customs of Chinese New Year accompanied by stunning ethereal artwork from French illustrator, Jérémy Pailler, that perfectly complements Chng's poetic, atmospheric prose' – Outside In World

'An utterly heartwarming tale. I burst into tears the first time I read it. This is exactly the kind of story that I wish I had been able to read to my children, but it’s just as powerful to me as an adult' – The Skiffy and Fanty Show

'A visually lush and stunning selection that is textually atmospheric and evocative. A fresh take on one of the most iconic symbols of Lunar New Year' – School Library Journal

'Reality and fantasy, life and legend, tradition and tale – all meld together in a fantastic riot of words and color to bring us a dreamlike and vibrant insight into a rich cultural experience.' – Lady in Read Writes

'A great book for the Chinese New Year collection of picture books' – 23 Books


Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Gorgeous illustrations

So so scrummy, visually. My girls *love* everything dragon right now; reading something with cultural weight to go with it is huge bonus.

Chinese heritage

My son is half Chinese so I love reading this book to him which explains about some of his cultural background. He loves it to see the dragon dancing and he shouts “boom boom boom” along with it. It’s obviously had an effect on him since on holiday he now wants to make a sand dragon rather than a sand castle! It’s a pleasure for me to read and he loves it so I would highly recommend it.