According to Chinese tradition, those who die hungry or unjustly come back to haunt the living. Some are appeased with food. But not all ghosts are successfully mollified. In this chilling collection of stories, Ying Chang Compestine takes readers on a journey through time and across different parts of China. From the building of the GreatWall in 200 BCE to themodern day of iPods, hungry ghosts continue to torment those who wronged them.
At once a window into the history and culture of China and an ode to Chinese cuisine, this assortment of frightening tales--complete with historical notes and delectable recipes--will both scare and satiate.
About the Author
Ying Chang Compestine was born in Wuhan, China, and came to the U.S. when she was twenty-three. Growing up in China during the lean years of the Cultural Revolution, Ying often dreamed of the kind of Chinese New Year celebrated in this book. Aside from playing with her young son and his friends, Ying loves to write, cook, eat, and travel. Consequently, she spends a lot of time writing stories for children and cookbooks for adults. She lives in Boulder, Colorado, with her husband and son.
Coleman Polhemus, who says he can't remember a time when he didn't draw, has worked in commercial illustration and produced fine art in a variety of media. Born in Alabama, he currently lives in Australia.
“Compestine (Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party) pens a gruesome but delightful grouping of eight stories about so-called hungry ghosts…who return to seek vengeance. …Compestine includes historical context for the stories and a number of recipes (though some readers may find they lack an appetite). The stories are laced with beautiful (as well as lurid) images and chilling illustrations of the ghosts and their victims. Like the ghosts themselves, Compestine’s memorable stories should prove difficult to shake.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“Eight grisly horror stories are arranged to feed the hungry imaginations of readers fascinated with blood, gore, murders and ghosts, who, like their Western counterparts, want to avenge their deaths and have the things they had in life, especially their favorite foods. … This will whet the appetites of a certain type of ghost gourmet with a sophisticated palate; those with weak stomachs should stay away.”—Kirkus Reviews
“This collection offers up enough fright—and food—to keep kids returning for seconds.”—Horn Book Review
“Compestine (Boy Dumplings, 2009) presents an eight-course offering of chilling tales honoring Chinese food and ghost lore.”—Booklist
“In this collection of gruesome ghost stories, Compestine takes readers through China’s history, from the building of the Great Wall to the modern day. … These stories are not only deliciously frightening but also introduce readers to ancient and modern Chinese customs and beliefs.”—School Library Journal