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Chih-Yuan Chen (1975-) Biography

Personal, Career, Writings, Sidelights

Born 1975, in Pingtung, Taiwan; Education: Attended three years of college.


Freelance children's book illustrator, 1999—.


Memories, Hsin Yi Publications, 2000.

On My Way to Buy Eggs, Kane/Miller Book Publishers (La Jolla, CA), 2001.

A Day Presents Are a Must, Heryin, 2003.

Guji Guji, Kane/Miller Book Publishers (La Jolla, CA), 2004.


Taiwanese artist Chih-Yuan Chen is the author and illustrator of the children's books On My Way to Buy Eggs and Guji Guji, both of which have been translated and published in the United States. On My Way to Buy Eggs follows a young girl named Shau-yu, as she goes on an errand for her father. Her walk quickly becomes an exciting, eye opening experience, as she views the world through a blue marble, discovers a pair of glasses that make everything appear blurry, and follows a cat's shadow. Gillian Engberg, writing in Booklist, praised the book's "beautifully drawn scenes," and dubbed the story "joyful" and "understated." Marge Loch-Wouters of School Library Journal wrote that "This universal tribute to the power of a child's imagination will strike a familiar chord with dreamers everywhere."

Biographical and Critical Sources


Booklist, October 15, 2003, Gillian Engberg, review of On My Way to Buy Eggs, p. 416.

Horn Book, January-February, 2004, Martha V. Parravano, review of On My Way to Buy Eggs, p. 68.

School Library Journal, October, 2003, Marge Loch-Wouters, review of On My Way to Buy Eggs, p. 115.


Kane/Miller Web site, http://www.kanemiller.com/ (July 20, 2004).

Papertigers.org, http://www.papertigers.org/ (July 20, 2004).*

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