Paper Son: The Inspiring Story of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant and Artist - Signed First Edition



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A First Printing signed by the illustrator Chris Sasaki (production designer, Pixar, Tonko House).

This tender children’s book personalizes the immigrant experience for multiple generations of readers. Chris Sasaki's illustrations evoke traditional Japanese watercolors, the character design of M. Sasek, and the muted palette of vintage colored photographs.

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.


"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." --Booklist, Starred Review

"Confidential, fluid prose deftly captures the stress and strangeness of his immigration experience and his artistic blossoming and impact. A window into the troubled history of transpacific immigration and a look at a long-undersung contributor to our visual landscapes." --Bulletin

"A well-told story that spotlights the too-often unrecognized talent and contributions of America"s immigrants." --School Library Journal

About the Authors

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.

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 on Cartoon Brew, in the New York Times, and in the Society of Illustrators annual. He lives in Oakland, California.


Chris Sasaki
Julie Leung

Condition & Attributes

Very Fine in Very Fine dustjacket
Signed by the artist



Publishing Information

New York
Schwartz & Wade

Physical Description

9 inches
11.2 inches
40 pages
color illustrations
pictorial boards

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