Rickshaw is a proud, vain and extremely noisy rooster living in the backstreets of 1920s Shanghai. When the Annual Race along the famous Bund is announced, winning is a matter of national pride for the contestants representing Shanghai’s international Concessions. But Rickshaw Rooster has other ideas! Will the foreigners win again, or will a local hero carry the day? Find out in this tale of loyalty, ruffled feathers and cocky determination! Highlights 1920s Shanghai, its famous Bund, the international concessions, the end of empire and the rise of nationalism in China, and the special characteristics of people born in the Year of the Rooster.
“A wonderful romp through 1920s Shanghai, packed with historical sites, sounds and characters that kids will love. Brennan and Harrison’s latest tale sweeps you back through the days of the city’s glamorous past in this wonderfully illustrated children’s book, complete with a charismatic mob of animals out to win the day.” – Helen Roxburgh, Books Editor, Time Out Shanghai
“Watch out kids – Sarah Brennan and Harry Harrison are back! And this time they’re roaring into the twentieth century. The place? Shanghai, Paris of the East. The event? The annual Shanghai Race. But this year there’s a twist. Instead of horses galloping around the track, it will be cars charging along the Bund. The city’s high and mighty will be there, determined to reach the finish line first. But the poor folk of Shanghai have two aces up their sleeves: Rickshaw runner Tommy Tan, the fastest man in town, and his pal Rickshaw Rooster, the cockiest bird around!” – John Carroll, Professor of History, University of Hong Kong