A BookPage's Best Picture Book of the Year 

An ALA-ALSC Notable Book 

A Shelfawareness Holiday Gift Guide Selection 

SCROLL (September 19th, 2023, Christy Ottaviano Books & Little, Brown) 

After Grandpa introduces calligraphy and Chinese characters to Lulu and her dog Dumpling, they find themselves magically transported to a world where the characters they draw come to life! Soon Lulu and Dumpling meet a bird, a zither-playing musician, and many other animated friends. But when they discover an angry dragon, Lulu is not sure how to draw them out of this tense encounter.

Spanning themes of art and history, this inventive story introduces children to complex Chinese characters, celebrates family and tradition, and shows how resourcefulness and kindness can save the day. 


🌟“Artistically, Scroll is one of the most unique books on shelves today…Scroll is deceptively modest, starting with its cover, which depicts a writing lesson that blossoms into one of the most unique stories of the year—one that is as educational as it is entertaining.” — BookPage, Starred Review 

🌟“The story serves as a heartwarming reminder of the power of resourcefulness and kindness….VERDICT A masterful integration of storytelling, an introduction to a complex language, and cross-cultural understanding make this an excellent addition to any ­elementary ­library.” —School Library Journal, Starred Review 

🌟"...smartly introduce each new term and its meaning…a visual feast via energetic brushwork and transparent pools of color."—Publishers Weekly 

🌟...told in appealing vignettes and speech bubbles...A fun and clever introduction to an ancient art form." —KIRKUS REVIEW