* 2019 Golden Tripod Award
* 2019 Taipei Book Fair Award
* 2019 Eslite Bookseller Award Author of the Year
* 2018 Taipei Public Library Pick
“It’s not your fault if you don’t like to read!” Children’s book star Jimmy Liao transforms a collection of famous quotes about books, bookstores, and reading into a story full of both inspiration and sharp, witty criticism.
When a local bookstore faces bankruptcy, the saddened owner asks his son to bring around all his friends who used to hang out there so he can ask why no one buys books anymore. The owner collects dozens of famous quotes about books and reading to remind the children why books are so important, but the children’s responses are much more realistic and less predictable than he expected.
Jimmy Liao’s latest work is “color commentary” in the literal sense; every famous quote from Kafka, Borges, Woody Allen, and others is accompanied by a brilliant full-page illustration and met with snarky but accurate criticism from the mouths of children. It’s a work of tough love for books and bookstores, offered by a devotee of reading; it’s also a celebration of the role books can play in our life.