Home in a Lunchbox (Hardcover)

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Home in a Lunchbox (Hardcover)

By Cherry Mo, Cherry Mo (Illustrator)


Cherry Mo's stunning debut is about a young girl who immigrates to America and finds home in an unexpected place.

When Jun moves from Hong Kong to America, the only words she knows are hello, thank you, I don’t know, and toilet. Her new school feels foreign and terrifying.

But when she opens her lunchbox to find her favorite meals—like bao, dumplings, and bok choy—she realizes home isn’t so far away after all.

Through lush art and spare dialogue, Cherry Mo’s breathtakingly beautiful debut picture book reminds readers that friendship and belonging can be found in every bite.
Cherry Mo grew up in Hong Kong and moved to the United States at the age of ten. Home in a Lunchbox is her debut picture book and was inspired by her first days of school in America. Cherry writes and illustrates stories that she hopes bring young readers a sense of comfort and belonging. See more of her work on www.cherrymo.com, or on Twitter and Instagram @hellocherrymo.
Product Details ISBN: 9780593661345
ISBN-10: 0593661346
Publisher: Penguin Workshop
Publication Date: June 11th, 2024
Pages: 40
Language: English
A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

"Round-faced, endearing Jun is utterly expressive; her sadness upon returning home each day is especially palpable...A touching immigrant story that hits the heart—and stomach." —Kirkus Reviews

“Lushly illustrated but with carefully sparse text, Home in a Lunchbox is a sensitive and warm debut. This book is a reminder for grown-ups of how differences can bring us together, and a story for children about making friends, bad days, and the warmth and comfort food from home can bring. This story reminds us all how anyone can feel lonely, but small gestures can travel for miles. A beautiful book.”—Erin E. Stead, illustrator of the Caldecott Medal–winning book A Sick Day for Amos McGee
“This lushly illustrated book takes readers on a journey of memory and hope, highlighting the power of food to build connections across language, space, and time.”—Joanna Ho, New York Times bestselling author of Eyes That Kiss in the Corners