New Jimmy Liao features on the PaperTigers website


PaperTigers Gallery: Jimmy Liao; illustration from his book The Sound of Colors

We are very excited to welcome artist Jimmy Liao to our Gallery on the PaperTigers website.  I love this illustration from his book The Sound of Colors, and I first fell in love with Jimmy’s work when I encountered The Blue Stone a few years ago.  Then, at the Bologna Book Fair in 2010, I was bowled over again by the vibrancy and joyous imagination of his work.  I just wanted to follow the little girl up that blossom-lined avenue!

Bologna Book Fair 2010 - 25/3

…and as for the meadow on the cover of One More Day with You, that you can also see here, along with other examples of Jimmy’s books…

Bologna Book Fair 2010 - 25/3

So I am thrilled that Jimmy has taken a pause on his phenomenal creative journey to join us at PaperTigers.  His books have taken his native Taiwan and also China and Japan by storm, and have been translated into many languages;  alas, they are not as well represented as they should be in English.  Please can we have more!

In our Gallery, Jimmy shares with us images from the three books that are available in English (When the Moon Forgot, The Blue Stone: A Journey Through Life, and The Sound of Colors: A Journey of the Imagination), as well as others — all depicting a physical journey within the realms of imagination: so head on over to the Gallery to find out more about Jimmy and his own personal journey as an artist, and to view some gorgeous examples of his vibrant artwork. (I should perhaps also point out that in the last few years Jimmy has also collaborated with well-known children’s authors to create some wonderfully imaginative children’s books – it would just be wonderful to have more of his own author-illustrator work available too.)

And is it possible that we have more for you? YES indeed!  For alongside Jimmy’s Gallery, we also have a very special Personal View “The Journey of Translation: Walking with Jimmy Liao“, written by author Sarah L. Thomson, who adapted the three titles mentioned above for publication by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers as picture books in English for children.  In the article she talks about the poetry within the books – and her article is itself a poetic tribute both to Jimmy’s work and to the art of translating – do read it!

And do share with us your own experiences of Jimmy’s books…theme_2013_journeys


3 Responses to “New Jimmy Liao features on the PaperTigers website”

  1. Sarah L. Thomson Says:

    Marjorie, thanks so much for this tribute to Jimmy! His work has so much charm on the surface, and then such powerful emotional force in its depths–I hope that more and more people will read and appreciate his fabulous books. And maybe American publishers will do more translations! Thanks for spreading the word!

  2. Marjorie Says:

    Thank you, Sarah! I would love to be able to read Jimmy’s books – and I would like to see the film adaptations too…