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A stray dog stumbles upon the gift of friendship -- and maybe even the promise of home -- while wandering the delight-filled night market in Taipei.
While resting on a stoop, Gogo smells something sweet and spicy on the breeze. It leads him to a place he's never been—a bustling night market where vendors sell delicious treats. As he wanders, sniffing for scraps, GoGo discovers something else as well: a little girl who has gotten separated from her parents. He knows he can help and guides her through the market . . . to where her worried parents wait for her—with open arms for their daughter and GoGo, their new pet!
About the Author
Charlotte Cheng’s writing credits include Explore China: A Mulan Discovery Book and BoBo Loves Dumplings, and she has illustrated the picture books Silly McGilly and A Moment in Time. In the field of education, she has written and illustrated K-12 curriculum for a variety of companies such as LeapFrog, Disney, and Wonder Workshop. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, daughter, and two dogs.
Amber Ren spent the first half of her life in China and the second half in America. She is heavily influenced by her bicultural background and enjoys animation and illustration from both the East and the West. Amber graduated from CalArts in 2015 and is currently working in the animation industry (and illustrating picture books in her free time). Her debut picture book Because (written by Mo Willems is a New York Times Best Seller.)
"The Taipei night market makes a fun setting for this familiar story of friendship and found family. Ren’s vibrant illustrations glow with warmth and color . . . Those familiar with Taiwanese night markets and street food will have fun recognizing the different vendor offerings, and others will enjoy the feeling of visiting a new country." —Kirkus
"GoGo’s an undeniably cute pooch, but the star here is the Night Market, gleaming with red lanterns, sparkling with luminescent colors, and peopled with a delightful assortment of characters that viewers can track through the pages. Shifts in perspectives and varied compositions bring the audience right into the hustle and bustle of the street." —BCCB
"Cheng draws on her own memories of Taiwanese night markets to write a lively readaloud about finding one’s way home . . . neat digital illustrations from Ren glow brightly in iridescent hues that grow more vibrant as the story reaches a happy ending for the solitary pooch." —Publishers Weekly
“[S]weet . . . Such a charming book, and the vibrant illustrations brought the night market alive.” —Book Riot
“Warm, rich colors, and a nice story about reaching out to help others.” —Wacky Mommy
“Charlotte Cheng’s Night Market Rescue aims to expand kids’ palates. Her picture book was inspired by the vivid sights, sounds and smells of the Taiwanese night markets and meals of her childhood.” —Berkeleyside