Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao
Meet the funny, fierce, and fearless Amy Wu, who is determined to make a perfect bao bun today. Can she rise to the occasion?Amy loves to make bao with her family. But it takes skill to make the bao taste and look delicious. And her bao keep coming out all wrong.Then she has an idea that may give her a second chance…Will Amy ever make the perfect bao?

Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao Details

TitleAmy Wu and the Perfect Bao
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 1st, 2019
Publisher Simon & Schuster/Aladdin
Rating
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Food and Drink, Food, Family, Cultural

Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao Review

  • Ben Truong
    January 1, 1970
    Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao is a children's picture book written by Kat Zhang and illustrated by Charlene Chua. It about Amy Wu, a little girl, who wants to make perfect bao, just like the ones her mom, dad, and grandma make.Zhang's text is simplistic and straightforward. It tells a story about a little girl in persuit of making the perfect bao with her family patiently and willingly to teach her. A bao recipe concludes, as does a revelation that "not-so-perfect bao" taste just as a good Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao is a children's picture book written by Kat Zhang and illustrated by Charlene Chua. It about Amy Wu, a little girl, who wants to make perfect bao, just like the ones her mom, dad, and grandma make.Zhang's text is simplistic and straightforward. It tells a story about a little girl in persuit of making the perfect bao with her family patiently and willingly to teach her. A bao recipe concludes, as does a revelation that "not-so-perfect bao" taste just as a good as their tidy counterparts. Chua's bright-eyed protagonist is winning from the start, and the book's jaunty pacing, sparkly palette, and visual directness are reminiscent of a classic animated cartoon short.The premise of the book is rather straightforward. In this tasty story of tenacity and ingenuity, everyone in the family can make perfect bao except for Amy. While Amy is good at many other things, bao making eludes her, but isn’t too far beyond her grasp, especially since her parents and grandmother are happy to dedicate a day to helping. However, perfection continues to elude the increasingly frazzled child, until she figures out how to hack the process by using smaller dough circles, which yield flawless bao that are soft and fluffy and so, so delicious.All in all, Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao is a wonderful children's book about a young girl and her quest to make the perfect bao – a tasty book for anyone.
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  • Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
    January 1, 1970
    Amy Wu wants to make the perfect bao. Her bao are too small. Or too big. Or the bao have too much filling. Or not enough. Or they fall apart before she can eat them.Amy decides to host a bao making event with her family. She plans to make the perfect bao.But still Amy has troubles.Until she has a clever idea....Children will enjoy this glimpse into family life, and they will especially enjoy trying out the recipe for the perfect bao provided in the back of the book.
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  • Supriya Kelkar
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a fun book! The illustrations are beautiful and so full of emotion. Kids and adults alike will be able to identify with how it feels when it seems like everyone can do something with ease that you struggle with. Amy's journey is sweet and entertaining and as a bonus there's a bao recipe in the back too!
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  • Francis S. Poesy
    January 1, 1970
    The story and super cute (and expressive) illustrations (especially the little white kitten character) make this a joy to read. I like how Amy never gives up and figures out on her own how to make the perfect bao. The only drawback to this book was it made me very hungry for some bao but I'm no chef so it may have to wait until Dine Out Friday! The recipe in the back provides some great background on what all is really involved in making bao and will no doubt provide for some great family kitche The story and super cute (and expressive) illustrations (especially the little white kitten character) make this a joy to read. I like how Amy never gives up and figures out on her own how to make the perfect bao. The only drawback to this book was it made me very hungry for some bao but I'm no chef so it may have to wait until Dine Out Friday! The recipe in the back provides some great background on what all is really involved in making bao and will no doubt provide for some great family kitchen time for many readers.
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  • Tonja Drecker
    January 1, 1970
    Determination and a love for a delicious food hit a little silliness and tons of family support in this fun read, which is sure to direct interest to the kitchen and foreign foods.Amy Wu loves Bao. It's one of her most favorite things to eat. Everyone in her family can make them. Perfectly. But she can't. They're either too small or falling apart or too doughy...it's always a mess. But Amy Wu isn't about to give up and creates a Bao making plan. Maybe she'll find the secret to creati Determination and a love for a delicious food hit a little silliness and tons of family support in this fun read, which is sure to direct interest to the kitchen and foreign foods.Amy Wu loves Bao. It's one of her most favorite things to eat. Everyone in her family can make them. Perfectly. But she can't. They're either too small or falling apart or too doughy...it's always a mess. But Amy Wu isn't about to give up and creates a Bao making plan. Maybe she'll find the secret to creating a perfect one herself.I already am a bao fan. So, this book hit me and my family just right. Still, Amy Wu is a treat too. Her energy and bright attitude shine off of every page even when things don't go her way. She's positive, determined and so full of life. Mix it with her joyful family, who is ready to support her and a white cat, who almost every kid would like to have as a companion and this is simply a fun read.The illustrations are whimsical and as energetic as Amy Wu. Young listeners can follow the story themselves, when flipping through the pages alone. But of course, the most fun is watching while listening to it read aloud. Every page demonstrates the positive atmosphere and accompanies the story nicely.As an extra treat, Amy Wu's family recipe is in the back pages and begs to be used. This is a great way to add to the story telling treat and introduce kids not only to the kitchen but to a food they might not have known before.This book is getting a two, big thumbs up from us. I received an ARC copy and loved diving into every page. So, I'm leaving my honest thoughts.
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    First sentence: Amy can do a lot of things. She can brush her teeth. She can tie her shoe. She can even do both at once...sort of.Premise/plot: Will Amy ever learn how to make bao like her mom, dad, and grandma?! She tries. She tries hard. She tries often. She listens. She imitates. This book chronicles her attempts to make the perfect bao—one that doesn’t fall apart. It very much celebrates family, family life, traditions, food and feasts. My thoughts: This picture book was lovely a First sentence: Amy can do a lot of things. She can brush her teeth. She can tie her shoe. She can even do both at once...sort of.Premise/plot: Will Amy ever learn how to make bao like her mom, dad, and grandma?! She tries. She tries hard. She tries often. She listens. She imitates. This book chronicles her attempts to make the perfect bao—one that doesn’t fall apart. It very much celebrates family, family life, traditions, food and feasts. My thoughts: This picture book was lovely and charming. I enjoyed meeting Amy and her family. I loved her determination. I loved her spirit. She seems like a kindred spirit. Text: 4 out of 5Illustrations: 4 out of 5Total: 8 out of 10
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  • Erin Buhr
    January 1, 1970
    This is for the moments in life when every child wishes to do something as well as the big people around them. Really, we all have those moments don't we? Little Amy Wu wants to be able to make traditional bao as perfectly as her family members but it's the one thing she just can't seem to do. Amy is an easy to love character. The text shows her determination and problem solving skills and the illustrations depict her in such a cheerful darling way that you can't help but root for her and her pe This is for the moments in life when every child wishes to do something as well as the big people around them. Really, we all have those moments don't we? Little Amy Wu wants to be able to make traditional bao as perfectly as her family members but it's the one thing she just can't seem to do. Amy is an easy to love character. The text shows her determination and problem solving skills and the illustrations depict her in such a cheerful darling way that you can't help but root for her and her perfect bao. For those of you that get to the end hoping to get a bite for yourself, the recipe for some delicious is in the back.
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  • Lindsay Leslie
    January 1, 1970
    This story made me hungry and made me want to make bao. Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao will entice children to get in and learn something new in the kitchen. I loved the themes of practice, practice practice, patience while learning, and problem-solving.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Amy is on a mission to make the perfect bao. Bao’s are her favorite, yummy treat, and while her mom’s, dad’s, and grandma’s baos always come out perfect, Amy’s bao’s still turn out all wrong. Amy tries with all her might. She stuffs them, but they are always too big or too small. Amy pinches them just right, but they still fall apart. Then Amy comes up with a plan to help achieve the perfect bao. Will her plan finally work? In a darling story of family, perseverance, and tenacity, one little gir Amy is on a mission to make the perfect bao. Bao’s are her favorite, yummy treat, and while her mom’s, dad’s, and grandma’s baos always come out perfect, Amy’s bao’s still turn out all wrong. Amy tries with all her might. She stuffs them, but they are always too big or too small. Amy pinches them just right, but they still fall apart. Then Amy comes up with a plan to help achieve the perfect bao. Will her plan finally work? In a darling story of family, perseverance, and tenacity, one little girl will give it her all. In a story that will teach readers to think of solutions from other perspectives, while also teaching them about a yummy new treat, readers will fall for the lovable Amy Wu. Amy Wu hits the scene with all the determination and strength that readers desire in a character, leaving them wanting for more Amy Wu adventures in the future. For more review, giveaways and book-themed body paintings please visit my Instagram page @[email protected]
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  • Abby Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    Delightful! Amy loves to eat bao - steamed dumplings - and everyone in her family can make perfect bao... everyone except Amy. Hers always turn out too small or too big or too empty or too full. But today's the day that Amy will make perfect bao... or is it? This cute and colorful book is a celebration of family traditions as the entire family comes together to cook. It shows a young girl learning from her parents and grandmother and not giving up, even when things are not coming out perfect (ye Delightful! Amy loves to eat bao - steamed dumplings - and everyone in her family can make perfect bao... everyone except Amy. Hers always turn out too small or too big or too empty or too full. But today's the day that Amy will make perfect bao... or is it? This cute and colorful book is a celebration of family traditions as the entire family comes together to cook. It shows a young girl learning from her parents and grandmother and not giving up, even when things are not coming out perfect (yet!). And of course, when they eat the bao, the imperfect ones taste just as good. A recipe and instructions for making bao is included in the back of the book. I love the illustrations, which are realistic and yet fanciful, too. They show Amy working on the bao and then later sharing her bao with her classmates and teachers at school. Pair this with Bilal Cooks Dal or Cora Cooks Pancit for more stories about children helping with traditional family recipes.
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  • Ciera
    January 1, 1970
    This book was really quite cute! Not only did it explore food and how it pertains to certain cultures, but allowed for a glimpse of a culture through food (bao, of course, in this case). It also showed problem solving and how things that won’t work for one person might require a different solution for someone else, something we could all keep in mind. And, basically most importantly, it has a recipe for bao in the back! Which was perfect because this book definitely made me hungry for some by th This book was really quite cute! Not only did it explore food and how it pertains to certain cultures, but allowed for a glimpse of a culture through food (bao, of course, in this case). It also showed problem solving and how things that won’t work for one person might require a different solution for someone else, something we could all keep in mind. And, basically most importantly, it has a recipe for bao in the back! Which was perfect because this book definitely made me hungry for some by the end. Such a cute book, made all the better for being another much needed mirror for some children to see their own lives, families, and experiences in, and for other children to develop an appreciation for other cultures and experiences.
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  • Adrienne
    January 1, 1970
    Amy Wu's determination should resonate with all children frustrated with not getting something right the first time. And empowering that she thought of the solution to her problem herself! Fun and bright illustrations perfectly compliment the text in this gorgeously designed debut book by Kat Zhang and illustrator Charlene Chua.
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  • Valerie
    January 1, 1970
    I adore this one. This little girl is trying so hard to make the perfect bao as others in her family can do but she just can't get it right. It's when she comes up with idea to help her succeed, her Grandmother agrees. And the perfect bao is made.I loved the perseverance and the family tradition in this one. The pictures are amazing and I thought it was perfection.
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  • Anthony
    January 1, 1970
    Amy can do many things, but she can't seem to make the perfect Bao. Try as she might, her bao is never perfect like her Mother's, or Father's, or her Grandmother's. They each give her advice on how to form the perfect bao, but nothing seems to work. Finally Amy comes up with an idea that will help her make the perfect bao.
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  • Mary Lee
    January 1, 1970
    I love that Amy Wu figures out for herself what needs to change so that she can make the perfect bao! Love that her dad and grandma are in on the cooking. Love that there's a recipe in the back! Love that this is an #ownvoices book! Can't wait to send to my 1/2 Chinese niece. The only way it could be any better (for Emma) would be if there were two dads cooking with Grandma!
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  • BrookesEducationLibrary
    January 1, 1970
    A great picture book about learning that you can't always do something perfectly straight away (or ever), most things come with practice. Great illustrations and working through emotions.Check out the tasty looking family Bao recipe at the back of the book too! :D
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  • Mike W
    January 1, 1970
    Received an advanced reader copy to preview the book and showed it to my youngest (age 6) who loved it. The artwork really makes Amy and her cat come to life. We've never tried to make Bao at home, but the recipe provided in the book provided the makings of a fun afternoon for the both of us.
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  • Lynn Davidson
    January 1, 1970
    Amy's family makes perfect baos - rolled out dough rounds with delicious filling. Amy's always turned out sloppy or just wrong, until she had an idea that would help her small hands make the perfect bao. Family recipe for bao is in the back of the book. Great illustrations.
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  • Aeicha
    January 1, 1970
    Readers get ready to meet your new favorite picture book heroine: the adorable and determined Amy Wu! Kat Zhang’s Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao is a charming and sweet story about family, tradition, perseverance, and yummy bao. Zhang’s amusing and heartfelt storytelling and Chua’s irresistibly cute and engaging illustrations combine together to create the most deliciously delightful tale that readers will gobble up!
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  • Hannah
    January 1, 1970
    What a beautiful (and tasty) way to teach children that there is more than one way to be successful! Amy's determination to make her own "perfect" bao is sweet, honest, and funny :) There is also a real recipe at the end of the book so readers (and their families) can enjoy Amy's bao!
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  • Wendy Greenley
    January 1, 1970
    This book is a mouth-watering delight! My son lived in China, so I was familiar with bao and enjoyed seeing this multi-generational family passing along their tradition. Yay for dads cooking, too. Can't wait to try to recipe in the back!
  • Bonnie Grover
    January 1, 1970
    What a great book to share with a child! I learned about the Asian culture and a little about Baos . I love how Amy works to solve her own problem of making the perfect Bao. The illustrations are wonderful.
  • Margaux
    January 1, 1970
    Now that I've finally gotten my hands on this book, I can say that it's just what I wanted. Amy Wu wants to make perfect bao like her mom, dad, and grandmother. But she can't. She tries and tries, but there's always something off about them. Until she comes up with the perfect solution!
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  • Cathy Breisacher
    January 1, 1970
    Amy's Wu determination is absolutely charming as she attempts to make a bao that is soft, fluffy, and perfectly tasty! This book makes me want to run and try the recipe that is included in the back. Yum!!
  • Nadia L. Hohn
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book as it made me very hungry. I also thought that it was funny and cute. Charlene Chua’s reading of it at FOLD Kids Book Fest was also fun and entertaining. The illustrations are expressive and fun too.
  • Kathy Berman
    January 1, 1970
    Such a cute, charming family story with fun illustrations that show Amy's determination to create the perfect bao. Not an easy task for sure. But Amy proves she's smart and figures it all out by herself. I can't wait to try the bao recipe in the back of the book. Kids will love it.
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  • Engel Dreizehn
    January 1, 1970
    In my clan "Bao" is pronounced as "pow" and yep we big ate something similar to POW! Super cute and relatable moments for North American-Chinese kids (my similar moment was with wanton creation) + recipe included!
  • Leah
    January 1, 1970
    Bright, fun illustrations and a cute story. Will have to try the recipe in the back!
  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    Gorgeous artwork, fun writing, subtle and important message. Love it!
  • Tracie
    January 1, 1970
    Amy is good at lots of things, but longs to make the perfect bao like the rest of her family.
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