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Taipei book fair's children pavilion to feature British animation

Taipei book fair's children pavilion to feature British animation

Taipei, Jan. 21 (CNA) The pavilion for children's books at the upcoming Taipei International Book Exhibition will have the theme of Thomas and Friends, a well-known British children's television series, the organizers said Monday. The pavilion will have a giant inflatable castle featuring Thomas the Tank Engine, the main character in the animation, the organizers said at a news conference. "This will be the first time Thomas and Friends has been incorporated in an international book fair," according to the organizers. Children will also be able to play with toys themed on the British cartoon and watch a series of related movies, the organizers added. The children's books displayed at the pavilion this year will be more diverse than in the past, Huang Pao-ping, director of the Taiwan Book Fair Foundation, said at the news conference. In addition to books by foreign illustrators from countries such as Belgium, the pavilion will showcase illustrated books by Taiwanese authors such as Jimmy Liao, she said. "This year, we hope parents will take their children to learn more about Taiwanese illustrators," she added. Another highlight of the book fair will be a pavilion featuring comic books from Taiwan, Belgium, China, Japan and Hong Kong. Now in its 21st year, the exhibition, one of Asia's major book fairs, will run Jan. 30-Feb. 4 at the Taipei World Trade Center. This year's fair has received over 800 registrations by publishers, and 500 writers from home and abroad are expected to attend. It attracted a record number of 600,000 visitors last year. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-08-01 18:44 GMT+08:00