Paper Son: The Inspiring Story of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant and Artist
Illustrator: Chris Sasaki
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.
Author’s note. Illustrator’s note. Photographs of Tyrus Wong. Full-color illustrations rendered digitally.
JLG Release: Feb 2020
Awards & Honors
- 2021 Asian/Pacific American Award - Picture Book
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Publishers Weekly, Booklist*, School Library Journal, The Horn Book Magazine
School Library Journal
11" x 9"
Level 4.7; Points: 0.5;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 1.6; Points: 2;
Library edition with trade jacket added
Schwartz & Wade