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Hsu-Kung Liu

Hsu-Kung Liu (劉旭恭) was born in Taipei in 1973. A graduate of the Civil Engineering Department at National TaiwanUniversity. He started to work in picture book illustration after taking part in the "Lucy Chen Handmade Picture BookClassroom”. He is the author and illustrator of 18 children books so far. He received an honorary mention for Hsin Yi Children’s Literature Prize in 2002 for I Really Want to Eat a Durian, winning the prize in 2006 with his book Excuse Me, Will My Feet Touch the Bottom?. His book Whose Stop Is This? (for kids 0-3 years old) won the Chen Bochui International Prize for Children’s Literature in 2014 and was subsequently selected for the 2015 and 2017 Bologna Illustrators Exhibition. His works have been selected for exhibition at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. English, Thai, Japanese, French, Swedish,Korean, and Estonian rights have been sold for some of his works.


56 warm and humorous dialogues between parents and children illustrated into humorous cartoons. You will laugh when reading the children’s words and feel the complex feelings of upset but amused parents. <Compliment > Child: Mom, you don’t look good, but your cooking is good! (Mom: Is this a compliment or….?) <5 Chances> Dad: If you keep causing trouble, I will not sleep with you! Child: OK, OK! Just gave me 5 more chances! (Dad: Aren’t 5 chances too many?) <What room?> Child: Dad, do you know what “room” can be eaten? Dad: Living room? Bedroom? Umm…I can’t figure it out! Child: It’s “mushroom”! (Dad: Wow! Genius!) This title is a collection from the cartoon columns of children’s newspaper and the stories are from the author’s daily life with his family. The author added the parents’ reactions and inner thoughts after every cartoon to make this title more interesting when reading. The family was created as cute elephants and drawn by colored pencils, so the illustrations and the tone of this book is warm and soft.   Size: 19.6 x 17.5 cm    
Rights sold: Simplified Chinese A selected best Taiwanese children’s book for the Bologna Illustrators Exhibition. A tender, loving tale about care that is delicately passed down through generations. Grandma walks a long way into the mountain to pray for her grandson’s safety and gets him an amulet that will protect him during his travels––an amulet with five hundred strong arhats who will fight against any danger. Ever since then, no matter where the grandson goes––when he almost falls off of the cliff, or almost gets carried away by the sea waves, the arhats shield him with their lives. Gradually, grandson grows into a teenager, and one day, he travels in a train with only one arhat left by his side…. Five Hundred Arhats Protect Your Transit Safety is a warm, humane tale about love that is passed down through generations. Through drawings that bring colors of comfort, writer and illustrator Liu Shu-Gong recounts a family fable on grandparents’ loving dedication and care, a boy’s coming-of-age, and what it means for a child to grow into independence, especially having been shielded by family love. Liu incorporates Taiwanese local religious folklore and belief system, along with gentle touches of thin-lined drawings and simplistic language to render ceaseless protection and support that a child needs upon growing up.  
Rights sold: simplified Chinese, Thai , Korean Doggy, Kitty, and Piggy decide to go swimming in a mountain pool but forget to bring their floats. Worried that the water will be too deep, they ask the other animals if they can touch the bottom. When all say yes, the three friends jump in but, to their horror, the bottom is out of reach! What will happen next?   Size: 20 x 28 cm            
Rights sold: simplified Chinese, French A snake, a rabbit and a bear took a bus to go home. These passengers got off the bus one by one when they reached their own homes. Later the bus continued the trip alone and then got home at sunset.        
It was going to rain. “Did you smell the scent of rain?” three animals were discussing. What kind of smell was the rain like? Did it smell like the wind blowing on the beach? Or did it smell like the scent of grass? They climbed to the top of the hill and waited for the rain. Suddenly, it rained. Raindrops fell on the streets and the animals. They had a shower happily in the rain, and now they knew what the smell of rain was like....    
Rights sold: simplified Chinese, Thai, Korean, Malaysia Little mouse had a sudden urge for durians which he had never tried before. He asked his friends what the fruit tastes like. His friends, who have never tasted the fruit neither, all gave him an imaginary, satisfactory answer. When little mouse did get the durian from the market, all his friends scattered away because of the strong and strange smell. Little mouse finally took a bite of durian and found out it's not that bad at all.   Size: 16.8 x 25.2 cm    
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