November 27, 2009

Hokkaido Japan trip

It was such a wonderful short trip to Japan Hokkaido. I was a bit disappointed with lack of snow though my parents were happy with pretty warm weather. I enjoyed slow walk, quiet street, pine trees, and enormous sea food. oh! And I tasted real Sapporo bear. :-)

November 10, 2009

Seven Impossible Things...

I had an awsome interview with Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast awhile ago. And it is posted now here. Thanks so much Jules!

November 7, 2009

October 31, 2009

Thank you!

It was very fun book signing at Books of Wonder today.
There were wonderful authors include Neil Numbereman, Iza Trapani, Scott Beck, Emily Arnold McCully, Michael Garland. Thank you to everyone who came by!

October 28, 2009

Halloween book party

I will be signing Only A Witch Can Fly at Book Cove on October 30th Friday at 7pm.
The Book Cove is located at
22 Charles Colman Blud. Pawling, New York 12564

Also I will be in book signing at the Books of Wonder on October 31th Saturday 12pm ~ 2pm.
Books of Wonder is located at
18 West 18th Street New York, NY 10011

Please stop by for fun Halloween book party~

October 25, 2009

Soft Yellow Blanket

I did an illustration for the Babybug magazine Nov/Dec 09 issue awhile ago and I just received my copies.

One of my original art piece from Only A Witch Can Fly is exhibited at Society of Illustrators Original Art 2009. The opening reception was last Thursday evening.
As every year so many people from children's book publishing field came to celebrate. I was very happy to be part of it. This year Kadir Nelson received Gold medal for his book Coretta Scott and Brian Floca's Moonshot and Kevin Kawke's Chicken Cheeks received Silver medal. Founder's Award went to Lincoln Agnew's beautiful book Harry and Horsie. Congratulations!

The show will be up till November 25th.

October 11, 2009

Only A Witch Can Fly on NYTimes book review!

Only a Witch Can Fly got a lovely review from NYTimes today. And it is my very first NYTimes book review~!

August 4, 2009

Only A Witch Can Fly release today!

Only A Witch Can Fly(written by Alison McGhee) release today! Please check out nearest local or online  book store.

Praise for Only a Witch Can Fly:

“This sophisticated picture book is rich with imagination… More personal, quiet, and transcendent than most Halloween books, this is not a call to witchcraft, but rather to following one’s heart.”—Booklist
“Like its protagonist, this book soars.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

July 22, 2009

July 8, 2009


my favorite stove in the world.

July 6, 2009

yay~ Kirkus Starred review~!

Here is what Kirkus said about Only A Witch Can Fly and it is star review!
"If you were a young witch, who had not yet flown, / and the dark night sky held a round yellow moon..." Well, you'd want to fly, wouldn't you? McGhee's gently rhyming direct address coaxes out of readers a yearning they may never have known existed: to "[h]old tight to your broom / and float past the stars, / and turn to the heavens and soar." Yoo's gorgeous, muscular woodcuts, colored in subdued greens, browns and oranges with thick, night-black lines, tell the story of one young witch who, unable to sleep, takes herself outside with the support of her Cat and a brown velvet Bat-and with her little brother as silent witness-and, after a flop in the pumpkins, rises on her broom at last. Like its protagonist, this book soars. (Picture book. 3-7)

May 26, 2009

good news~

The Umbrella Queen was named a Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year.

May 7, 2009

cricket piece

I worked on this short story illustration for Cricket Magazine a while ago. It is about Wang Chao-Chun a popular heroine of Chinese. Her story appears in various versions. This story was retold by Phillis Gershator.

May 3, 2009

interview with Grimchek SangSang

I had an interview with a Korean picture book magazine last month and I just received a copy from the editor. Many thanks to Soojung Kim the editor of Grimcheck SangSang. It was great to have coffee with her. 

April 21, 2009

new image

I just finished a short story illustrations for Spider Magazine. Above is one of the color study sketch and final image. This story is placed Asakusa in Tokyo and actually I visited Asakusa temple two years ago. I had a lot fun working on this with some of my photo references. 

March 11, 2009

Umbrella Queen Japanese edition

I just received two copies of the Umbrella Queen Japanese edition! I was having foggy day but this package was quite great surprise.  Thanks to my editor Steve for nice little note along with books.

March 1, 2009

Ladybug Magazine march issue

I worked on the cover and interior image for Ladybug magazine march '09 issue several months ago and it just published!  It's about kids yoga with garden animals.

January 27, 2009

exciting news!

My beloved friend Shadra Strickland just won Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent! I am so thrilled and happy for her. Congratulations Shadra! Check out her beautiful book BIRD.