*2017 Feng Zikai Chinese Children’s Picture Book Award
The Kingdom of Cups has a legend: whoever can climb the great pillar in the center of the square will become the hero of the entire kingdom. To do so, of course, would take incredible strength, wisdom, and force of leadership. Yet everyone tries their luck, and the square is filled every day with cups and mugs jumping, climbing, running, and otherwise cavorting in this crowded common place.
Of course, such great crowds of mugs leave the square strewn with trash at the end of every day, and it’s Bob the Janitor’s job to sweep it all up. He sweeps, and sweeps, and sweeps some more, until finally he finds himself in a very high place.…
This light-hearted story is both a celebration of the creative spirit and a lesson on the value of hard work and humility.