Highly recommended Chinese comics for local primary school students!
We’ve reviewed these for a couple of weeks before sharing - and my 6 and 8 year old boys really enjoy it.
So many times I find them quietly reading and chuckling away… in the living room, on their beds, in the car!
✅ content and scenarios are based on Singaporean primary school life, very relatable
✅ narrative stories that are long (a good thing according to him, because he gets to enjoy for a longer time. Some other comics stories we have are shorter)
✅ the stories contain lots of high frequency Chinese characters, and the pictures give contextual clues, so he can follow the storyline on his own. Confidence booster!
✅ simple language used, with good phrases and idioms sprinkled in 💪🏻 (mama likes the latter because it adds depth to the content, and we can learn more if kids are interested)
One unexpected benefit I’ve discovered while reading through this set of comics - is that having many many books in a series builds their motivation, stamina and appetite for reading!
There are 3 Series for 闹闹 comics, here are some samplers of the topics:
1. 闹闹漫画乐园 Nao Nao Comics (Set of 5）
- 《上学乐》 First day of primary school
- 《闹新年》Chinese New Year
- 《白老师生病了》Teacher falls sick
- 《考试冲冲冲》Exam preparation
- 《童子军》Scouts volunteering activity
2. 闹闹漫画街 Nao Nao Comics Street (Set of 4)
- 《闹闹说谎话》Telling lies
- 《闹闹的假期》School holidays
- 《课外活动》Co-curricular activities
- 〈体能测验》Fitness test
- 《手机惹的祸》Mobile phones
3. 闹闹漫画村 Nao Nao Comics Village (Set of 3)
- 《闹闹的志愿》Dreams and ambitions
- 《闹闹下象棋》Chinese chess
- 《闹闹不吃菜》Eating vegetables
- 《闹闹的一日游》Day tour
- 《猴子闯祸》Monkey mayhem
Other topics discussed include:
- Responsibility and civic-mindedness
- Roles of a class monitor
- What to do in times of emergency - dial 995 for ambulance
- Calling each other names
- Cheating in exams - sharing is not caring here
- Forgetting to prepare for spelling 听写 😱
Some terms we’ve learnt from reading these series
- 天才 tiān cái - genius
- 系好安全带 jì hǎo ān quán dài - buckle seatbelt
- 小气 xiǎo qì - petty
- 作弊 zuò bì - cheat
Learning is stress-free and their self-motivation is high 😍
What are the similarities and differences between these 3 series?
- Same main character 闹闹, with his family, friends and neighbours
- Each book contains 3 stories
- Differing number of books in the set - 5, 4, and 3 books per set respectively
- Different storylines and topics covered
- For the Helpdesk section: 2 out of 3 series have page numbers indicated next to the vocabulary for ease of finding!
- Only for 闹闹漫画乐园 Nao Nao Comics (Set of 5), at the bottom of each page, there’s a little character with some food for thought. I find it a lovely touch! And helps us reflect on what we read
Suitable for ages: 6-12
Number of Pages: About 124-138 per book
Once my 6yo picks up the 闹闹comics, she can’t get her face out of them! Comics are a great way to expose her to the language as she can’t read fluently yet but she will try to understand the story by deciphering some words + analysing the pictures. The “helpdesk” page is so useful!!! It gives the Hanyu Pinyin of many words used in the story as well as their meaning in English - no need to keep on Googling!🤣 These books kept my 6yo occupied throughout a 3hour wedding..that’s quite something. Previously she would do a lot more sticker books/doodles. This time she just picked up the comic during all the non-eating timings. She actually said some of the lines in the book to me when she’s trying to share with me what she read. There are so many 成语 idioms as well, which would make so much more sense to them later on
Thank you Joen for your detailed sharing! Blows me away to know how impactful these funny books can be.
Topics very relatable to the children as they revolve around Singapore school life and culture. Have yet to finish all the stories but we enjoyed what we read. They are very funny and captures the attention of my son. Good!
My gals who usually won’t pick Chinese books up love these books to bits. You can catch them laughing as they read. I love this sight. ;)
My girl is an avid reader but she does not like to read Chinese books. I got the 闹闹 series for her, and she fell in love with it instantaneously. She is now picking the books up by herself! Highly recommended!