The Hanmoji Handbook

Your Guide to the Chinese Language through Emoji

Written by Jason Li, An Xiao Mina, and Jennifer 8. Lee

Learning how to write and read Chinese can be daunting. With this book’s pictorial-style writing, it is easy to compare the characters to emojis. In this book, the authors do a great job of comparing common characters to known symbols used on the phone. They offer step by step instructions for how to write them and what their meaning is. Trivia is also intermixed.

The layout is well-done and easy to follow. Instructions are simple and engaging. The illustrations are colorful, detailed, and eye-catching. Intermixed information is useful and helps add context to the Chinese characters. This is a must-read for anyone wanting to learn how to read and write Chinese or who is interested in Chinese history/trivia. Recommended for most library collections.

Reviewed by Kira Moody, Salt Lake County Librarian and Olympus Jr. High Community Member
Review shared in January 2023
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 6-12

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Hanmoji Handbook
Written by Jason Li, An Xiao Mina, and Jennifer 8. Lee
MiTeen Press
158 pages
Release Date: August 30, 2022
ISBN: 9781536219135 
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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