A heartwarming tale of love between a girl and her favourite pet in their Hong Kong home.
In Gailan’s Special Job, readers will spend time with Gailan, a little brown gerbil who lives in Hong Kong with a family of incredible animals, all brought to life with colourful and adorable illustrations.
Gailan lives high up in a hillside apartment looking down on Victoria harbour with many brothers and sisters. A big dog, a fluffy cat, a slithery snake, a sing-song bird, a colourful fish, and his favourite human in the world, a little girl named Mia. Every animal has a special job that is unique to them, but what can a little brown gerbil do? The answer will warm the heart of every young reader.
This story introduces children to concepts of inclusivity through a simple story that demonstrates everyone is valuable no matter what they look like or what they like.
About the author:
D. A. Knight was raised in Hong Kong and cannot imagine life anywhere else in the world. He was inspired to write this book because he wanted to give his daughter a city book with apartment scenes she can relate to. Professionally, Knight is a Creative Director, responsible for building the brands of several renowned Chinese tech companies.
About the illustrator:
Natalie Hui best selling children’s illustrator with books and products available at major bookstores across Hong Kong. She created a diverse cast of characters for Gailan’s Special Job with particular consideration to different ethnic backgrounds amidst a common cultural context which celebrates the stories of an international family living in Hong Kong.
Hardcover, 32 pages, 8.5 x 8.5 inches