About Guojing

Eisner Award Nominee 2016

ALA-ALSC Notable Children’s Book of the Year 2016

The Washington Post’s Top Three Children’s and YA books to start off the new year

Winner, New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2015

Winner, The Wall Street Journal Top Ten Children’s Books of 2015

Winner, Publishers Weekly Best Top Ten Children’s Books of 2015. Starred Review

Exhibited at the Society of Illustrators: Original Art Exhibition 2015

Winner #1 on the Winter 2015-2016 Kids’ Indie Next List

Winner, Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Books of 2015. Starred Review

Amazon December’s Best of the Month Spotlight Pick

Booklist. Starred Review

Shelf Awareness. Starred Review

Recommended by People Magazine

Guojing (Jing Guo) is an illustrator and concept artist. Previously she worked in the game and animation industry. She is now a professional illustrator. Her wordless picture book, ‘The Only Child’, a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book of 2015, and a Publishers Weekly Book of 2015, is published by Schwartz and Wade (Random House, Dec, 2015). The story is based on her own experiences as a child. Guojing is also planning her next picture book. She also likes to paint in oils in her spare time. She loves to share her ideas and feelings through her art work.

ALA-ALSC Notable Children’s Book of the Year 2016: “An only child trying to find her way to grandma’s house becomes lost in an unknown world, but imaginative companions help her find her way back. A stunning wordless graphic novel that explores isolation and resourcefulness.”

Samantha Hunt, from The New York Times, was enchanted by this “dreamy, wordless debut,” lovingly illustrated with smoky, mystical-looking pencil drawings. “The dark current flowing underneath such lush imagery,” Hunt wrote, “is the loneliness of childhood under China’s one-child policy.”

Kathie Meizner, from The Washington Post, says “Guojing’s single palette in graphite black and gray suggests an old photograph come to life, while the story seems to come from a dream country reminiscent of Raymond Briggs’s beloved book “The Snowman.”

Meghan Cox Gurdon, from The Wall Street Journal, “With stunning monochrome drawings that eventually soar into the clouds, the illustrator Guojing evokes her own childhood in a wordless story that moves from ugly industrial surroundings to the consolations of imagination and parental love.”

Publishers Weekly says “Inspired by Guojing’s experience growing up under China’s one-child policy, this haunting debut, a wordless graphic journey unfolding in panels drawn in the gentlest pencil, creates a sense of pure magic as a small girl toddles away from home to visit her grandmother and finds protection and joy in unexpected places.”

Kirkus Reviews says “Majestic settings, tender interactions, and pure silliness lead readers to pore closely over these images, pulled along by shifting perspectives, ethereal beauty, and delight in the joy born of friendship. Rare is the book containing great emotional depth that truly resonates across a span of ages: this is one such.”

Eliot Schrefer, Special for USA TODAY, says “a compelling and melancholy debut from an important new talent… Then the journey turns mythic, and the art turns joyful… An expansive and ageless book, full of wonder, sadness, and wild bursts of imagination.”

Boing Boing: “Both young and old alike will enjoy the tale, especially when shared with a much-loved companion.”

BookPage review by Julie Danielson , says “Soft, velvety pencil illustrations … bring readers tender, close-up moments of the duo, and panels pick up the pace on many spreads, communicating loads of action and emotion. One striking and very dramatic spread from the inside of the whale is pitch black.”

Booklist Reader: “Guojing is a master, skillfully utilizing the panel design on each wondrous page to enhance the reader’s connection to the protagonist’s experience.”

Todd Wellman, Winter ’15-’16 Kids Indie Next List: “Both a study in magical realism and a pure celebration of imagination, Guojing’s wordless book captivates through its pacing and artistic prowess.”

The Children’s Book Review, Growing Readers: “In this magnificently illustrated—and wordless—masterpiece, debut artist Guojing brilliantly captures the rich and deeply-felt emotional life of a child, filled with loneliness and longing as well as love and joy.”

Shelf Awareness: “In Guojing’s beautiful, wordless storybook, a little Chinese girl left home alone wanders off into the snow and has magical cloud adventures with a benevolent stag.”

Toronto Star: “Guojing’s shadowy grain and soft curves create a kindly, almost mythical aura, a nod to imagination’s refreshing and comforting powers. This little girl’s loneliness is clear, but so too is her humour, resourcefulness, and capacity for affection.”

Links

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Work by Guojing

Testimonials

“I’ve learned so much since joining Creative Authors in 2012. Isy’s negotiated ten book deals for me since then and has always been very supportive. Her advice and knowledge of the publishing world have been invaluable in helping me progress as a writer and illustrator.”

Ged Adamson, Creative Authors Client.