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Chih-Yuan Chen
Gecko Press
May 2010
Still in his mid-thirties, Taiwanese picture book artist, Chih-Yuan Chen has produced several notable titles, including this amusing tale of a baby crocodile brought up imagining he is a duck. Chen's artwork is marvelously loose and free-flowing, and the book has been extremely well produced (on thick paper with buff page backgrounds) by Gecko Press , a New Zealand publishing house that prides itself on translating and publishing award-winning, "curiously good" children's books from around the world. Guji-Guji was first published in Taiwan in 2003 and then in this edition in New Zealand in 2006. I don't remember seeing it till now, so I am guessing this is its first UK distribution. On their website, Gecko Press claim to "choose books strong in story, illustration and design, with a big 'heart factor'." They certainly did that in this case.

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