I discovered the delightful Illustrator LeUyen (“It sounds like Le Win”) with the Alvin Ho series authored by Lenore Look. The sweet and silly Alvin rescued me from my theory-saturated texts spring term and just as much of their charm can be attributed to LeUyen Pham’s accompaniment as the witty author herself.
After perusing Uyen’s list of books, it seems I have seen her before, with books that I’ve flipped through but now demand a closer look. A modest list (see her site for more):
She wrote/illustrated Big Sister, Little Sister and All the Things I Love About You. She illustrated: Freckleface Strawberry books authored by Julianne Moore (yes, that Julianne Moore); Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio (my review); Once Around the Sun: Poems by Bobbi Katz; A Stick is an Excellent Thing: Poems Celebrating Outdoor Play by Marilyn Singer; and Bedtime for Mommy by Amy Krouse Rosenthal–which looks brilliant!
A bit about Uyen from her very cool website which reflects a playfulness I adore in anyone, but most especially in illustrators of children’s books:
“Born in Vietnam, [LeUyen] was raised in Los Angeles and traveled the world before moving to San Francisco in 2002” (motivarti.org). LeUyen studied at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena California deciding to pursue her art rather than continue at UCLA. After a brief stint at Dreamworks she dove headlong into children’s book illustration, and has since authored a few picture books as well. “She has taught at both the Art Center and the Academy of Art University in San Francisco” (motivarti.org)
She lives in San Francisco with her Artist husband and two sons. According to her very charming “About” page: Uyen once got lost (alone!) in Africa, has visited 5 continents, and can touch her tongue to her chin. She cannot sing on key nor pronounce the word “ladle.” She claims to be very good at drawing monkeys, but evidence supports her ability to draw quite a few more things very well.
Look for Part 2. I am going to post about 4 picture books she illustrated that I crawled around the picture book section of the library to find.
this new one coming out in August 2012 looks cute: Vampirina Ballerina by Anne Marie Pace.
Images on Uyen’s blog.
all images belong to LeUyen Pham and her respective publishers. “bio” image found on a new absent site for bedtimeformommy[dot]com.
A great article via diaCritics.org (posted April 2011) by Julie Nguyen.
and see this page at motivarti.org
and another fab place to find LeUyen Pham with images (from whence I found the first image); she exhibits quite a range, and yet the energy…the personality…you catch my drift.