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Paper son : the inspiring story of Tyrus Wong, immigrant and artist / written by Julie Leung ; illustrated by Chris Sasaki.

Leung, Julie, (author.). Sasaki, Chris (Illustrator), (illustrator.).

Available copies

  • 2 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

Current holds

0 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Ada Public Library J 921 WON (Text) 33500013138961 New Available -
McIntosh Public Library J 921 WON (Text) 33500013138979 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781524771874
  • ISBN: 1524771872
  • ISBN: 9781524771881
  • ISBN: 1524771880
  • Physical Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 x 29 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Schwartz & Wade Books, [2019]

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.:
"An inspiring picture-book biography of animator Tyrus Wong, the Chinese American immigrant responsible for bringing Disney's Bambi to life. Before he became an artist named Tyrus Wong, he was a boy named Wong Geng Yeo. He traveled across a vast ocean from China to America with only a suitcase and a few papers. Not papers for drawing--which he loved to do--but immigration papers to start a new life. Once in America, Tyrus seized every opportunity to make art, eventually enrolling at an art institute in Los Angeles. Working as a janitor at night, his mop twirled like a paintbrush in his hands. Eventually, he was given the opportunity of a lifetime--and using sparse brushstrokes and soft watercolors, Tyrus created the iconic backgrounds of Bambi."--Amazon.com
Target Audience Note:
Ages 4-8.
K to Grade 3.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 August #1
    *Starred Review* When he was nine years old, Tyrus Wong became a "Paper Son," using a false name and pretending to be another boy in order to immigrate with his father to the U.S., or "Gold Mountain." After months alone on Angel Island being questioned by immigration authorities, Wong was finally reunited with his dad, taking up a tough life as the new kid in a place where he didn't know the language. He went on to art school while working nights as a janitor and eventually became the art director of Disney's Bambi, though he never received the credit he deserved. Leung's reverent, poetic prose captures the subject's lifelong love of art and his perseverance through adversity. Sasaki's lush renderings are reminiscent of the animator's iconic style, heavily influenced by his Chinese heritage. Young readers and aspiring artists will pore over the stunning digital art, which presents an ink-and-watercolor style. The entire collaboration highlights the many contributions immigrants have made to our country and its culture, making this a lovely work for all shelves, displays centering artists, units on immigration, or showcases during Asian American History Month. Notes from author and artist, in addition to photos of Wong and his family, add further context and value to this gorgeous picture-book biography about an unsung hero of animation and Chinese American history. Grades 1-3. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 August #1
    *Starred Review* When he was nine years old, Tyrus Wong became a "Paper Son," using a false name and pretending to be another boy in order to immigrate with his father to the U.S., or "Gold Mountain." After months alone on Angel Island being questioned by immigration authorities, Wong was finally reunited with his dad, taking up a tough life as the new kid in a place where he didn't know the language. He went on to art school while working nights as a janitor and eventually became the art director of Disney's Bambi, though he never received the credit he deserved. Leung's reverent, poetic prose captures the subject's lifelong love of art and his perseverance through adversity. Sasaki's lush renderings are reminiscent of the animator's iconic style, heavily influenced by his Chinese heritage. Young readers and aspiring artists will pore over the stunning digital art, which presents an ink-and-watercolor style. The entire collaboration highlights the many contributions immigrants have made to our country and its culture, making this a lovely work for all shelves, displays centering artists, units on immigration, or showcases during Asian American History Month. Notes from author and artist, in addition to photos of Wong and his family, add further context and value to this gorgeous picture-book biography about an unsung hero of animation and Chinese American history. Grades 1-3. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

JULIE LEUNG is the author of the Mice of the Round Table series, including A Tail of Camelot, Voyage to Avalon, and most recently, Merlin's Last Quest. This is her first picture book. In her free time, she enjoys furtively sniffing books at bookstores and winning obscure board games. Originally from Atlanta, she now lives in New York City, where she works as a marketing director at Del Rey Books. Visit her on the web at jleungbooks.com and follow her on Twitter at @jleungbooks.

CHRIS SASAKI is a former character designer and illustrator for Pixar Animation Studios, where he has designed characters for Monsters University and Inside Out. His work has been featured at Gallery Nucleus, on Cartoon Brew, in the New York Times, and in the Society of Illustrators annual. He lives in Oakland, California. Visit him on the web at csasaki.com.

Subject: Wong, Tyrus > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Wong, Tyrus.
Artists > United States > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Chinese American artists > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Artists.
Chinese American artists.
United States.
Genre: Biography.
Juvenile works.
Biographies.
Picture books.

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