This is a mischievous-looking door knocker I met on the streets of Hanoi in 2018. I think it is a kỳ lân (Asian unicorn), which is commonly known as qilin in China, Kirin in Korea, and kirin in Japan . . . but I would love to hear from anyone who knows better!

In any case, I think it’s very cute!


I’m posting my door inspirations from around the world to celebrate releases of The Secret of Zoone (paperback – January 28) and The Guardians of Zoone (February 25) with HarperCollins Children’s Books.

Zoone is the nexus of the multiverse, where a thousand doors lead to a thousand worlds. So many of those doors have knockers, but not all of them are helpful. I think this kỳ lân (if that’s what it is) would fit right into Zoone, and be one of the helpful ones!

Purchase and preorder links for both Zoone books can be found HERE.


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