Interview with the Award-Winning Illustrator of The Princess in Black
by Traci Swain
LeUyen Pham is the super-talented, award-winning illustrator of more than 50 picture books, including this week’s Dollar Deal, The Princess in Black.
She was kind enough to answer a few of our pressing questions…and make a special drawing just for Scholastic Book Clubs readers!
In this video, LeUyen imagines and draws herself as a superhero. Share this over-the-shoulder illustration video with your class and ask students what they would look like if they were a superhero. Check out LeUyen’s drawing below for inspiration!
LeUyen (you can call her “Win”) has loved picture books for as long as she can remember.
LeUyen is a supercool illustrator who has an interesting backstory. When she was just five years old, she felt she lived in two different worlds: at home, with her Vietnamese family; and at school, where everything was unfamiliar and no kids even knew what or where Vietnam was. Picture books helped her find her place in the world and introduced her to many lifelong friends.
Interested to hear more from LeUyen? Check out this video of her reading aloud Shoe-la-la! by Karen Beaumont, another picture book featuring LeUyen’s trademark illustrations.
LeUyen Pham is the award-winning and critically acclaimed illustrator of more than 60 books for children, including Julianne Moore’s New York Times–bestselling Freckleface Strawberry series, Aunt Mary’s Rose by Douglas Wood, and Real Friends by Shannon Hale. Before becoming an illustrator, she graduated from ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California, and worked as a layout artist for DreamWorks Animation. Today, LeUyen lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Alex, and sons, Adrian and Leo.
The Princess in Black: Text copyright © by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale. Illustrations copyright © 2014 by LeUyen Pham. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.
This Book Is Available from Scholastic Book Clubs