Fall 2019

Paper Son

The Inspiring Story of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant and Artist

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 2   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

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.

Julie Leung and Chris Sasaki perfectly capture the beautiful life and work of a painter who came to this country with dreams and talent—and who changed the world of animation forever.

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Nonfiction, Picture Books
Subject Diversity
Copyright 2019
Publisher Penguin Random House LLC
Imprint Penguin Random House LLC
Language English
Number of Pages 40
Publication Date 2019-09-24
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF006000, JNF007010, JNF025210
Dimensions 11 x 9
Guided Reading Level S
Features Original artwork

Illustrator: Chris Sasaki

Chris Sasaki is a former character designer and illustrator for Pixar Animation Studios, where he has designed characters for Monsters University and Inside Out. He lives in Oakland, California.

Author: Julie Leung

Julie Leung is a debut picture book author. 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.