Read Boy Dumplings by Ying Chang Compestine James Yamasaki Online


Begin with one hungry ghost. Add a plump, delicious-looking boy. Sprinkle in some Chinese folklore and a healthy dash of humor. Now sink your teeth into an exciting story about a ghost eager for his next meal--and a boy who must think fast if he doesn't want to get turned into dumplings....

Title : Boy Dumplings
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ISBN : 9780823419555
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Boy Dumplings Reviews

  • Jon(athan) Nakapalau
    2019-03-25 11:28

    Watch out for hungry ghosts! They like boy watch were you go!

  • Abby Turner
    2019-03-10 12:34

    Funny and smart. Good book for chinese culture

  • Ruenn Shy
    2019-03-10 07:46

    This is a hilarious and entertaining one! My first English picture book about ghost :PSo a very hungry garbage eating ghost was hunting for food when he stumbled upon this chubby boy. The smart boy came up with a brilliant solution to escape from being eaten. He taught the ghost a delicious recipe for boy dumplings with outrageous ingredients and process (including washing the boy thoroughly especially behind ears and between toes PLUS a massage and a nap!!!), the super hungry ghost was tempted and went all out to prepare his meal. When the ghost had everything prepared and ready to chop the boy, the roosters had started to crow!!!

  • Cindy
    2019-03-05 05:37

    Funny story about a ghost who captures a boy and wants to eat him. To stop the ghost from eating him, the boy convinces the ghost that the best way to eat him is to make "boy dumplings." The boy sets the ghost out to get all of the ingredients, so when the time comes to eat the boy it is light out and the ghost turns to smoke.Much like a Kieko Kaza? bookGood for older elementary grades, 3-5? Pictures are quite scary and text is a bit long

  • Kellee Hao
    2019-02-27 12:28

    A humorous book that includes suspicion, scariness, and problem solving is exactly what this book is. This is a book your students will definitely enjoy as it adds a funny side to making dumplings and it takes place in a country far away.

  • Heather Chang
    2019-03-26 07:28

    This was a funny ghost story about a boy outsmarting a ghost in China. I think it would be a good book to share around Halloween and the ghost is not very scary looking and the boy who might get eaten by the ghost does not appear scared at all.

  • Jennifer
    2019-03-04 12:42

    My kids absolutely loved this book. Can't even tell you how many times we've read this one over and over.

  • Rene
    2019-02-23 11:34

    Very funny, some of the illustrations may be a bit scary for young ones, but my 7 year old loved it!

  • The Library Lady
    2019-03-07 12:51

    I've read other tales from other cultures with a similar theme--"dinner" outwits the potential diner, but I liked the final twist in this. Fun.

  • Samantha Penrose
    2019-03-24 11:49

    The story of a clever boy who outsmarts a ghost who wishes to eat him.Includes a recipe for boy-free dumplings.

  • Mike
    2019-03-20 05:24

    Weird and awesome!

  • Ashley
    2019-03-22 08:29

    Atticus likes this book because it's funny and the boy is a trickster. He also likes ghosts!

  • Aida Rahim
    2019-03-11 09:24

    Funny, can be adapted for storytelling

  • Mrs Royle
    2019-03-01 09:30

    This ghost is really quite frightening! I loved the ending. A great book to show smarts wins over greed

  • Jennette
    2019-03-26 08:37

    It was an alright lil story

  • Rowan Stewart
    2019-02-28 12:31

    This story, of a young boy and a ghoul on the search for dumplings, was incredibly inviting and engaging. King Chang Compestine's Boy Dumplings: A Tasty Chinese Tale shares a traditional Chinese tale in a fun, illustrated way. The text itself was very entertaining, and when paired with the images, made for an incredible multicultural children's story. As the young boy wanders around the Beijing streets at night, he comes across a ghost, searching for dinner. The ghost traps the boy and conspires to eat him, but the boy has another idea: he convinces the ghoul to make him into dumplings. "I know a delicious recipe for boy dumplings!" the boy cries, and sends the ghost on an all-night hunt for ingredients and supplies. An endearing tale of a young, kind-hearted hero outsmarting an evil ghost, Boy Dumplings is a classic, one that I'll certainly share with my students in the future.The images in this story are incredible: full of detail, various colors, and strong attention to the mood of each scene. Most of the scenes are dark and a little dreary, as the ghost searches for everything he needs to make boy dumplings. The illustrations bleed from page to page, making the story a real page-turner. Some of the text is placed in centralized white areas, while other pages show white text on the dark night sky. The images and words flow seamlessly together, and never contradict or diverge. At the very end of the story, the author included a boy-free dumplings recipe, my personal favorite part of the book.I really enjoyed reading this book and it is definitely a story I'll keep in mind - and a dumpling recipe I'll try!

  • Paul
    2019-02-25 06:45

    Eating a boy! Much more explicit and graphic than the slightly veiled Hansel & Gretel versions. This is my least favorite of Compestine's books, even if it is based on a Chinese Ghost Festival. Kind of a stone soup variant, I found the illustrations fearful. There are plenty of other books that can convey and appreciation of Chinese culture. I would use this only in a big pinch with young readers.

  • Amy Lafleur
    2019-02-24 06:36

    A Garbage-Eating Ghost searches the town for something to eat. He finds that no one has left any offerings for him, but he does find a plump little boy. Perhaps he can turn him into boy dumplings. Hilarity ensues as the boy tells him that the ghost must find different ingredients for dumplings and thwarts the ghost's plans. Funny illustrations and funny story. This book is inspired by the Ghost Festival (a Chinese Halloween of sorts). The book includes a recipe for "Boy-Free Dumplings."

  • DebbieLisa
    2019-03-19 10:25

    I liked the story a lot and I liked the Author's notes and recipe for Boy Free dumplings at the end of the book even more, but I don't think this is a story to read to really young children as some of the illustrations are a bit scary.

  • Ashley
    2019-02-25 08:25

    This book has an interesting storyline as it deals with a ghost who wants to make boy dumplings. However, the boy is able to out smart the ghost. The ending of the book is neat because it gives a recipe for dumpling soup (boy free).

  • Nicole
    2019-03-01 09:45

    The title sounds disturbing, but it's actually a funny Halloween story with its basis in the Chinese Ghost Festival that takes place in August/September. I appreciate the author's notes at the end with details about the actual Chinese celebration, along with a recipe for Boy-free dumplings. ;-)

  • Sharonta Johnson
    2019-03-16 11:36

    this a great book for modeling narratives and the range possibilities students can travel with their writing. This book is also a great book for a laugh.

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    2019-03-22 05:49


  • Sarah Sammis
    2019-03-09 08:29

    The boy buys time by offering to teach the ghost how to make himself into a dumpling, rather than just eating him.

  • Rachel
    2019-03-26 06:49