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[Author Biography]

Chih-Yuan Chen

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Chen has enjoyed painting from the time he was small. 
At the age of 19, Chen became interested in illustration 

for children's stories. Much of his learning has come not 

from books but from life. 

The sense of dignity and security provided by 
his parents would prove to be the foundation for 
his later work in children's picture books. 
In these works, Chen transforms his experiences 

of growing up in hardship into realistic scenes
that resonate with audiences around the globe.

Chen has received the Publishers Weekly 
Best Children's Book Award and hit the New York

Times "Top 10" bestseller list in 2004.

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[Book Review]

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Chen creates outfits made of wildly imaginative flowers whose petals are butterfly wings, architectural flourishes and ordinary roman letters. The trash costume will produce the biggest guffaws: the featherless chicken finds himself adorned with a fork, a scrap of printed paper, a lovely ink curlicue, all topped off with a soup can hat. Chen never lets his moral lessons get in the way of a good time. 

--------- Publishers Weekly

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With the same gentle humor and sensitivity to children that he 
showed in Guji Guji, Chen introduces a young featherless 
chicken. Not only does this poor creature get cold when the wind blows, but he's also afflicted with miserable allergies. One day, he sees four beautifully feathered chickens on their way to go boating. He asks if he can join them, but they shun his unadorned looks. Then, thanks to a muddy puddle, bits of this and that, and a jaunty tin-can hat, he is transformed into a beautifully adorned fowl, and the others invite him to come along. 
During a flap about which chicken is the most handsome, the newly fancy fellow lets out a terrible sneeze, and the boat capsizes. The dunking leaves all five chickens featherless and frolicking together. The chickens' comic expressions and their colorful feathers are perfectly rendered in Chen's soft palate of earth tones and subtle splashes of color on thick, creamy paper. The text is set in a type writer like font that adds to the style and overall charm of this memorable outing.( Genevieve Gallagher ) 

-------School Library Journal

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