The Only Pupil in the School

GBP 10.99

by  Liu Hsukung

Selected in Bologna Illustrators Exhibition 2015
Winner of the 2014 Chen Bochui International Prize for Children’s Literature

Only one pupil showed up on the first day of school.

The teachers begin to worry: if they have no one to teach, they wouldn’t have a job to do.

“We have to teach someone, so we will teach you! We will take you and teach you and polish you until you are the brightest pupil in the school!”

On the first day of school, a young girl shows up and discovers she is the only pupil in school. All the teachers want to teach her what they know but they start fighting for her attention. They fight so much that they do not notice the girl creeping out of the classroom…

Where does she go? Who will she meet? And will she learn anything new in the world outside school?

Beautifully illustrated by Taiwanese author Liu Hsukung, this picture book tells a simple yet delightful story about a girl’s adventures beyond the classroom and shows how learning can be exciting and fun wherever you are.   



Translated by Wang Xinlin

Ages:   3+
ISBN:  978-0-9932154-1-4
Publication date:  25 May 2015
Format: Paperback 229 x 216 mm
Pages: 48 pp Colour

SKU: 9780993215414 Category: Tag:


A young girl shows up on the first day of school—but oh no! She’s the only pupil in the school! She has no friends, no one to play with, and her teachers want to teach her everything they know. But the girl decides to creep out of school… where will she go?


Liu Hsukung

Liu Hsukung was born in 1973 in Taipei. He graduated from the civil engineering institute of National Taiwan University. He likes nature and people, and often spends his time telling children stories. He received an honorary mention for Hsin Yi Children’s Literature Prize in 2002 for I Want to Eat Durians!, winning the prize in 2006 with his book Excuse Me, Will My Feet Touch the Bottom?. His book Whose Stop is it? (for kids 0-3 years old) won the Chen Bochui International Prize for Children’s Literature in 2014 and was subsequently selected for the 2015 Bologna Illustrators Exhibition.