Mimi and Shu are in a race to make history (and dessert) in this inventive and fun reimagining of the origins of the Chinese zodiac.
Shu the mouse has his eyes set on making history. His best friend Mimi the cat, on the other hand, has her eyes set on cupcakes. When Emperor Jade invites Mimi, Shu, and a bunch of their animal friends to his big race for a spot in the Chinese zodiac—and a big plate of cupcakes—Shu and Mimi are determined to win. But with their eyes set on different prizes, can Mimi and Shu work together to win Emperor Jade’s great race? Or will the lure of sweet (and sugary) victory come between them for good?
Christian Trimmer is a children’s book editor and writer. He is the author of Simon’s New Bed, Mimi and Shu in I’ll Race You!, Teddy’s Favorite Toy, and Snow Pony and the Seven Miniature Ponies. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his partner. Learn more about him, his books, and lots of other things at ChristianTrimmer.com.
Melissa van der Paardt is a digital artist working in animation and illustration currently residing in southern California. When she’s not drawing, Melissa enjoys playing video games, collecting trading cards, and watching whole TV series in one sitting. You can find more of her work at SketchinThoughts.Tumblr.com.
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (December 15, 2015)
Length: 40 pages
Grades: P - 3
Ages: 4 - 8
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"Illustrations throughout are action-packed, with big, bright, expressive faces of animals in motion....an entry point to learn about one of the ways animals are anthropomorphized in the histories of different cultures."