Introducing the delightfully precise and beautifully designed art of Patrick Atangan in a new series of adaptations of traditional Asian tales. This book, drawn in the ukiyo-e style (world of floating pictures), presents "The Yellow Jar" which centers around a simple fisherman and a beautiful maiden he takes as wife, after finding her in a magic jar. However, she is abducted by a demon warrior considerably more powerful than the simple fisherman. But the fisherman's resolve, even after many unsuccessful attempts to rescue her, does not flinch... In "Two Chrysanthemum Maidens", a monk is faced with two rather strange wild flowers in his carefully tended garden. They are wild and have planted themselves there at will. They are weeds but they are lovely like women.
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"My personal favorite of NBM's recent adaptations. Visually complex while being incredibly easy to read, "The Yellow Jar" has the kind of magic that will appeal as much to children as adults. You won't believe it's his first book."
-Andrew Arnold, Time.com
"It's like a Kabuki play on paper, seductive to both eye and mind."
-Andrew A. Smith, Scripps-Howard papers