闹闹漫画系列 Nao Nao Comic Series
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
Comic is a great way to engage children and also put certain language into their pocket in a non-forceful way. This series is so good! I shipped all the way to Malaysia (oh my wallet but thankfully LinXin very nice help me weight and tell me the shipping upfront). The series is pretty much in primary school setting so it is a good read for my going to p1 boy as it prepares him things that could happen in p1 by catching a glimpse of what happen in 闹闹's life。There are some 成语slot into the story in between the day to day conversations. I am going to get the set no.5 of 闹闹!
Bought this set of comics after reading all the positive reviews, and I had to agree with all that it is indeed a great way to gain the kid's interest in trying to get them to start reading Chinese books!
Initially when we first received the comics books, my 7yo son flipped over the pages and he said "I dont understand",and he never touched the books thereafter. So one day when I was free, I picked up one of the books and started reading the pages aloud, while he was playing nearby. Slowly as I read along the pages, I find him sitting right next to me looking at the pages! *Hehe my plan to attract his attention succeeded*
Ever since, he has been asking us to read the comics to him nightly! And he's asking me to get more books! Even my 2yo daughter will say "闹闹" everytime my son asks me to read them.
Do give them a try, if you are looking for some light-hearted books to begin with 😊
Dear Shuling, thank you for the detailed and insightful review! Rejoicing with you on successfully getting this attention and interest (: May this set continue to bring him much joy on his Mandarin reading journey! Grateful to send you guys these gems (:
My daughter loves this series. The stories are relatable (Singapore primary school context ) and funny. She often laughs out loud while reading these. Best books for children who are reluctant to read Chinese books.
These books are a little hard for my 7 year old, but thank goodness for our dictionary pen! He enjoys reading them and picks out these books to read by himself.. my 4 year old loves looking at the pictures too
I have always loved this series. Humourous and very relatable to the daily life of our children. My kids loved them when they were young.