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.

Format Your Price
978-1-5247-7188-1
$20.99
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

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.

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.