On My Way to Buy Eggs
How do you like your eggs? I like mine sunny side up. Keep reading…
On My Way to Buy Eggs written and illustrated by native Taiwanese artist Chih Y. Chan. Chan was the winner of the prestigious Hsin Yi Picture Book Award in Taiwan. This award-winning book has been translated to English but I wanted to showcase it in its original form. On My Way to Buy Eggs is described by critics as a universal tribute to the power of a child’s imagination.
An ordinary task of going to the store for eggs suddenly turns extraordinary through the eyes of a young Taiwanese girl. A simple walk through neighborhood streets turns into an adventure; shadows of a building become a tight rope walk, a marble transforms the world into a sea of blue, and a pair of forgotten glasses allows for an opportunity to role play. Through the eyes of a curious and imaginative child the possibilities are endless, reminding readers that you can find joy in the simplistic task with a little bit of an imagination.
I am curious about the illustrator’s colour choices with their muted tones and limited colour, not very often do you find such a colour palette for a children’s book. I was expecting colours that were as bright and bold as a child’s imagination, but the illustrator’s muted colour palette seem to work; in fact it was the reason I picked up the book. Rendered in browns, grays, black, and white, with touches of bright colour accents, the collage, paper cutting, and charcoal illustrations remind me of Ezra Jack Keat’s work. Both artists have a raw approach in their work and like The Snowy Day both stories are about a child’s imagination. Unlike the pristine snow cover city of New York, the colour and textures create an impression of concrete, steel, and smog. Chih Y. Chen gives us a rare glimpse into urban life in Taiwan. Even across the world we aren’t so different, a child’s imagination is still a joy to witness.
On My Way to Buy Eggs, a children’s book review by Thao Lam
Author and Illustrator Chih Y. Chen
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Publisher Kane Miller Book Pub; First Edition edition (August 2003)