Li Jian graduated from Hebei Normal University in 2001, majoring in Chinese Painting. Formerly a middle school art teacher, children's book editor and a partner in an illustration studio, Li now owns his own illustration studio focusing on illustrations for children's fairy tales.
"Graceful watercolors in a traditional Chinese style with an autumnal palette suitably accompany the tale. [T]he story nonetheless has the satisfying elements of an entertaining and adventurous folktale." --Kirkus Reviews
"The Water Dragon is a Chinese legend and the story is fantastic with a surprise ending." --Parenting Healthy blog
"This remarkable book is experienced illustrator Li Jian's first foray into writing his own picture book. The pictures, which combine Li's classical training in Chinese painting with his talent for bringing fairy tales to life, are at least as compelling as the bilingual text (in English and simplified Chinese characters). Ah Bao is both a courageous and humble hero with a big heart and a sense of responsibility. He will be admired by children and parents, who will doubtless look forward to Li Jian's next solo offering." --PaperTigers.org blog
"I read The Water Dragon to my 3rd-grade students as a read aloud. It is a wonderfully told folktale with lovely illustrations. The kids loved it. It is written in English and has Chinese sub characters. For teachers, this book would be a wonderful addition to your collection of legends and folktales. Parents can read it aloud to their children. My students absolutely were delighted by the ending!" --San Francisco Book Review
"A translation into Chinese characters appears on every page, making it a fine language instruction tool." --Publishers Weekly
"This super cool Chinese Legend is about a boy who journeys to save his town from drought." -- KidTime StoryTime