Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao

AMY WU final cover

Featured by the New York Times, Parents Magazine, the Food Network, and more!


"Zhang’s buoyant, bubbly text is complemented by Chua’s charming, animated characters, who include an equally expressive kitty as sidekick... An extra-tasty book for bao lovers everywhere."

- Kirkus Starred Review

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OLA Best Bets Award Winner - sticker



Toronto Public Library's First and Best 2019 

Ontario Library Association Best Bets 2019

"[A] tasty story of tenacity and ingenuity" - Publisher's Weekly

"A delightful story about a determined girl not letting her age and size keep her from mastering a delicious talent. Be prepared for hungry readers"

- School Library Journal

"Children will relate to this read aloud if they've ever faced a situation when emulating adults failed, but Amy's triumph is sure to inspire them to try again."

- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"[T]his is a book to get creative juices flowing." - The New York Times

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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?

Are you looking to try Amy’s recipe?


Listen to me read Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao!


Learn how to draw Amy’s kitten with illustrator Charlene Chua!