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Chris Cheng Chris Cheng i(A48816 works by) (a.k.a. Christopher Winston Cheng; Christopher W. Cheng)
Born: Established: 1959
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Australia,
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Gender: Male
Heritage: Chinese
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1 y separately published work icon Wombat Chris Cheng , Liz Duthie (illustrator), Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2021 20983333 2021 single work picture book children's 'Far underground, where dirt and tree roots mesh, are tunnels that lead to a burrow, and in this burrow Wombat’s day begins. A story about the life of a wombat, looking at the interesting way these animals build their homes, look after their family and protect themselves from predators. Wombat is a new addition to the Nature Storybooks series, which feature a lyrical narrative and engaging nonfiction combined with stunning artwork to pique the curiosity of young minds.' (Publication summary)
1 y separately published work icon Bear and Rat Chris Cheng , Stephen Michael King (illustrator), Melbourne : Puffin , 2021 20977946 2021 single work picture book children's 'Bear and Rat are the best of friends who do everything together, but Rat wonders if Bear will always be there to hold her hand, no matter what happens ...' (Publication summary)
1 y separately published work icon The Imagineer Chris Cheng , Canberra : National Library of Australia , 2021 20875097 2021 single work children's fiction children's

'Penny has a massive imagination. She loves to draw up plans, gather her tools and turn sketches and scribbles into new creations.

'One day, she visits her grandpa’s house and is amazed at his gadgets and gizmos. He has a telephone hanging on his wall, an organ with bellows to pump and a contraption with a handle to churn homemade butter.

'Then Penny discovers grandpa’s garage …

'Christopher Cheng’s The Imagineer is a beautiful story about an inquisitive little girl whose imagination is sparked by the things around her. It also highlights the value in spending time with a grandparent and learning from their lived experience.'

Source : publisher's blurb

1 We Celebrate i "Beneath ageing branches", Chris Cheng , 2019 single work poetry
— Appears in: This is Home : Essential Australian Poems for Children 2019; (p. 143)
1 y separately published work icon One Tree Chris Cheng , Bruce Whatley (illustrator), Melbourne : Penguin , 2019 15296331 2019 single work picture book children's

'A touching and uplifting story about love, change and the importance of the natural environment in all our lives. One tall tree on the mountain once marked Grandfather’s farm. Now there is a busy city and Grandfather lives with us in our apartment.

Once he told stories but now he stays silent. Until one day, in the city market, I find something precious . . . something that brings Grandfather’s memories alive again.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2 3 y separately published work icon New Year Surprise! Chris Cheng , 吴棣 (illustrator), Canberra : National Library of Australia , 2016 8850455 2016 single work picture book children's

'Set in snowy rural Northern China this book is about the coming Chinese New Year Spring Festival and one little boy who is told that he’s too small to help out at the Spring Festival. Follow him through his village to see how he finds a way to join in! It’s a very big surprise. The very traditional life depicted in this book, with people wearing thick clothing and where beds are often platforms that are built over small wood-fired furnaces remain the same today.' (Publication summary)

1 y separately published work icon Treasure in the Trees Chris Cheng , Illinois : Scott Foresman , 2015 12187991 2015 single work prose children's

'With a real living scientist (Dr. J Paul Robinson) for inspiration Treasure in the Trees explores the beauty of nature and science.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 Not a Hoarder, but a Collector Chris Cheng , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , May vol. 57 no. 2 2013; (p. 6)
1 y separately published work icon Water Chris Cheng , Susanna Goho-Quek (illustrator), Singapore : AFCC Publications , 2013 12187705 2013 single work picture book children's

'This superb picture book celebrates both the necessity of water in our lives. It also evokes, though the poetic use of words and images, a sense of awe and wonder about water in our world. Complemented by the deft use of impressionistic art style and water-colour as medium, the illustrations are like a visual haiku, capturing “in the moment” experiences of water in all its guises. This book is about provoking both the senses and the mind to take pleasure in the ordinary and experience the extraordinary.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 Chinese Heritage and Writing Chris Cheng , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: Practically Primary , vol. 17 no. 3 2012; (p. 28-29)
The article presents the author's insights on the publication of his three Chinese historical fiction books. The author says that the creation of his second book The Melting Pot is led by the New Gold Mountain, which he thought that contains some incorrect information. He states that he offered a range of objects from within the museum, including coins and indenture certificates in the Seams of Gold.
1 y separately published work icon Python Chris Cheng , Mark Jackson (illustrator), Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2012 7211801 2012 single work picture book children's

'It s morning in the bush. Python stirs and slithers out from her shelter. She warms her head and smells the air with her forked tongue. Python is a beautiful snake, but also dangerous and she is looking for a meal.' (Publication summary)

1 Martian Chris Cheng , 2012 single work short story children's
— Appears in: I Met a Martian and Other Stories 2012; (p. 30-33)
1 4 y separately published work icon Sounds Spooky Chris Cheng , Sarah Davis (illustrator), North Sydney : Random House Australia , 2011 Z1819713 2011 single work picture book children's 'In a rickety old house, spooky sounds fill the air. Crashing and slamming; Snarling and hissing; Creaking and mumbling. Who...or what...is making them? I'm not scared. Are you? Filled with onomatopoeia this book with a delightfully spooky twist will have young readers listening for those spooky sounds and chanting, 'What's that noise that I can hear? I'm not scared!'' (Publisher's blurb)
1 Collaborating with Steven Woolman on 'One Child' Chris Cheng , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Lu Rees Archives Notes, Books and Authors , no. 32 2010; (p. 5-6)
'I expect I am one of the few authors blessed to have worked with Steven Woolman. He was a brilliant illustrator, and when I look back on my correspondence I see that his finessing of the text was also vital to the creation of the book.'
2 3 y separately published work icon 60 Classic Australian Poems for Children Chris Cheng (editor), Sydney : Random House Australia , 2009 Z1656747 2009 anthology poetry children's

'The 60 poems in this collection appear in their original, or near original, form and are wide-ranging in their subject matter: animals, the countryside, the struggle of bush life, early transport, sport, growing old, being young and having fun with words! But whether they are humorous, serious or playful, they are simply a joy to read!

No matter if we grew up reciting these classic poems at school, quote from them on important occasions or are meeting them for the first time, there is no doubt that these classic poems embody what it is to be Australian.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 Writing History for Kids : History Isn't Dead - History Lives! Chris Cheng , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: Newswrite : The NSW Writers' Centre Magazine , August/September no. 186 2009; (p. 8)
1 The Secrets to Children's and Young Adult Publishing Success Chris Cheng , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: Newswrite : The NSW Writers' Centre Magazine , June/July no. 185 2009; (p. 16-18)
1 3 y separately published work icon Seams of Gold Chris Cheng , Canberra : National Museum of Australia Press , 2007 Z1447596 2007 single work children's fiction children's historical fiction "It is the 1850s and Danny has been left with his Uncle while his father and mother travel back to China. His Uncle was a gold miner like many other Chinese men but now his skills are utilised by all the townspeople and the miners in stitching or repairing anything that requires his sewing skills and his special threads - even sewing the canvas tents. While with his Uncle, Danny learns to sew and is called upon to use the needle and thread when disaster strikes the touring Chinese Opera troupe. "I wanted to tell him that sewing is women's work, not men's work." But Danny knows that he has to respect his uncle and do as he says, even if that means joining him on a sewing trip to the goldfields. Danny would rather be anywhere else ... until he takes things into his own hands!" (Source: Author's website)
1 3 y separately published work icon The Melting Pot : The Diary of Edward Chek Chee, Sydney, 1903-1904 Chris Cheng , Gosford : Scholastic Press Scholastic Press Scholastic Press Scholastic Press , 2007 Z1398316 2007 single work children's fiction children's historical fiction 'The year is 1901 and Australia is about to become its own country, forging a new identity independent of Great Britain, with its own governing body that unites the independent colonies as one nation. Melting Pot is the diary of Chek Chee, a Chinese boy living in Sydney's Chinese community; but for this boy life is unusually different. Not only are the Chinese about to suffer the threats and racism imposed by the new immigration policy, but also Chek Chee must face being an outsider amongst the Chinese as well, as his mother is a white Australian. Melting Pot is an exciting story that deals with the struggle between two cultures, family relations, treading the fine line between honesty and crime, and gang culture on the wharfs of Sydney.' (Source: Bookseller's website)
1 y separately published work icon William's Backyard Chris Cheng , Melbourne : Rigby Education , 2007 12187871 2007 single work children's fiction children's

'William lives in a cool house with a turret. He loves his home and his street but he longs for a backyard. When William decides that a vacant block of overgrown parkland should become the community backyard, he discovers that making it happen is more difficult than he thought.

'How will William handle the obstacles ahead of him? Can he win the community’s support? What would you do?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

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