“The splendor of Kong-Savage’s paper collages adds to the storytelling with rich overlapping compositions and patterns.”
“Kong-Savage’s collage illustrations bring the story to life through almost 3-D imagery… beautiful…”
—starred review, School Library Journal
“…striking, precise paper-collage scenes…”
Lee & Low Books is the largest multicultural children’s book publisher in the United States. I am proud to make my kidlit debut with them, illustrating The Turtle Ship by Helena Ku Rhee. The picture book was released this summer 2018. To our delight, it has received critical praise from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Review, and a starred review in School Library Journal. Last year it earned a Freeman Honor and placed on Bank Street’s 2019 list of Best Children’s Books of the Year.
The historical fiction imagines Korea’s legendary Admiral Yi Sunsin as a young boy. Set in the 16th century, Sunsin—inspired by his pet turtle—helps his king build one of the strongest battleships in history.
Below are other images from my children’s book publishing portfolio. You can see even more artwork when you visit my children’s book illustration website at www.kongsavage.com.