Friday, November 1, 2019

GREAT KIDLIT SHOWCASE 2019 _____ Meet Felix Cheong, he wrote a book of riddle poems with answers hidden in the artwork

Time for holiday reading! To celebrate 8 years of Super Cool Books, I’ll be featuring a mega list of fellow kidlit writers and illustrators both from Singapore and beyond. New interviews every week. Do introduce their books to some young readers in your life! Latest updates here.

Felix Cheong

Types of kidlit books
Picture books, Chapterbooks, Middle grade

Total kidlit books published

Selected titles
"The Case of the Moaning Mansion (Landmark Books)
The Case of the Phantom Woman (Landmark Books)
Use Your Head (Straits Times Press)
Use Your Feet (Straits Times Press)
Do You See What I See? (Straits Times Press)"

Describe your style
Fun, thought-provoking

How did you get started?
I got into writing kid lit as a creative exercise in a different genre, in pushing my writing in another direction, in appealing to a different (some say, more demanding) audience. And it's been a fun ride!

Where do you get story ideas?
Ideas are like fine dust -- they're everywhere. You just need a sensitive nose to react to them. You sneeze -- and there, your idea in sound and motion!

Pick one book of yours that kids should read
Do You See What I See? was inspired by riddle poems and Where's Wally? books. I put them together to create a series of riddle poems which have the answers hidden in the artwork on the page. The book makes reading interactive -- both for the child and parent -- and makes poetry accessible.

Tip for parents, how to help kids enjoy reading
Reading with your children is one of the best ways to bond with them.

Tip for aspiring kidlit writers
Don't write a single word, even the idea is bubbling in your head. Go to the library, borrow 10 books in the genre you want to write in (be it picture books or chapter books). Read them, return them, borrow another 10 more. And then another 10. And if the idea is still alive in your head, then start writing!

Your big wish for kidlit publishing next year (2020)?
More titles that deal with difficult topics.

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The updated list here

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+ How and where you can get published in Singapore (from 2017)