Amy Wu and the Patchwork Dragon (Amy Wu #2)

by Kat Zhang (Author) Charlene Chua (Illustrator)

Amy Wu and the Patchwork Dragon (Amy Wu #2)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: Amy Wu

In this sweet and brightly illustrated picture book, Amy Wu must craft a dragon unlike any other to share with her class at school in this unforgettable follow-up to Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao.

Amy loves craft time at school. But when her teacher asks everyone to make their own dragon, Amy feels stuck. Her first dragon has a long, wingless body, stag-like horns, and eagle claws, but her friends don't think it's a real dragon. Then she makes dragons like theirs, but none of them feels quite right...None of them feels like hers.

After school, a story from Grandma sparks new inspiration, and Amy rounds up her family to help her. Together, can they make Amy's perfect dragon?

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School Library Journal

When Ms. Mary reads aloud a picture book about dragons to her class, Amy Wu (Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao) is completely intrigued by these new creatures. Afterwards, Ms. Mary sets them loose to use their imaginations to create their own dragons. Amy knows what she wants to create, but her attempts don't translate her ideas to the page to her satisfaction. She decides to work on it at home, where, after her pink-haired grandmother tells dragon tales, Amy roots around in the attic. The remnants of a dragon like those used for Chinese New Year parades is there but not all of it is usable. Amy, with friends and family, craft a patchwork hybrid dragon, neither fully Chinese nor completely European, which is a hit when they return to the classroom. Amy's classmates have a range of skin tones and are fairly diverse. Pair this with Bruce Edward Hall's and William Low's Henry & the Kite Dragon for a rousing story time. VERDICT This is a lovely book for the younger crowd showing how one good story can lead to another, and incorporate some great activities as well.

Copyright 2020 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Kat Zhang
Kat Zhang loves traveling to places both real and fictional--the former have better souvenirs, but the latter allow for dragons, so it's a tough choice. A writer of books for teens and children, she spends her free time scribbling poetry, taking photographs, and climbing atop things she shouldn't. You can learn more about her at

Charlene Chua draws many things, from baos to dragons, and everything in between. When they are not drawing, they enjoy cooking, reading, and playing with their cats. Charlene grew up in Singapore, and now lives in Canada. Her favorite baos are still char siu baos, and her favorite dumplings are air-fryer wontons!
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Guided Reading Level
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication date
December 20, 2020
Amy Wu
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV051000 - Juvenile Fiction | Imagination & Play
JUV011020 - Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States - Asian American
Library of Congress categories

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