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Illustration by Andrea Offermann

The Yin-Yang Sisters and the Dragon Frightful

The Yin-Yang Sisters and the Dragon Frightful is a charming original fairy tale, told with heart and humor, about twin sisters Mai and Wei whose village has become encumbered by a very problematic dragon. Wei wants nothing more than to send that nasty old dragon packing. Mai… isn’t so sure. What are two sisters to do?

This hilarious tale is going to make a stunning illustrated book, that’s for sure!—And we couldn’t be more thrilled that it has been bought by Susan Kochan at Putnam Books for Young Readers. Keep an eye out for those Yin-Yang Sisters in a bookstore soon!


“The prose riffs satisfyingly on folklore conventions; readers and listeners will especially appreciate the repeated refrain: “Still, they were sisters. They stuck together.” Offermann’s stirring pen-and-ink-and-watercolor illustrations create a deeply textured world, moving seamlessly from breathtaking vistas to intimate close-ups. . . Visually delightful.” ~~Kirkus Reviews

“An empowering tale set in Ancient China with broad appeal. . . Offermann’s art is culturally sound and striking in its depiction of the villagers’ dress and the beauty of the rice terraces. Her use of pencil and glazing add a softness to the beautifully proportioned spreads, inviting eyes to linger. . . Expertly crafted, in both word and form, this tale feels old and new and will be gobbled up by kids.” ~~School Library Journal

“This is a recommended story for young readers and for dragon lovers of all ages.”~~Ellen Spring, School Librarian, Oceanside High School, Rockland, Maine, School Library Connection

A perfect read aloud, with a sweet sticky ending! I love that two opposite girls can work together to solve a problem and help their whole village.  Wonderful drawings with just the right amount of text!”~~Jamie, R.J. Julia Booksellers

Beautiful book. Twin sisters are told they were born to chase a dragon away from blocking a bridge in a village. The two sisters have different ideas on how to do this. Teamwork, love, compassion, patience and understanding are all themes of this book.”~~Vintage Books

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