illustrator spotlight: LeUyen Pham
so this is one of the books being talked about as a Caldecott Award contender. (This of course, is the award for best illustration of a children's book, and the winner will be announced January 27.) The illustrator happens to be one of my favorites - LeUyen Pham.
I'm going to say you would probably know her best as the illustrator of the Alvin Ho books by Lenore Look and the Freckleface Strawberry books by Julianne Moore. She uses pen and ink for Alvin Ho and digital brush and pen for Freckleface Strawberry. She also uses watercolor a lot, such as in the Akimbo books by Alexander McCall Smith.