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Jimmy Liao

Jimmy Liao (1958) is an illustrator and picture book writer. After graduating in art from Taiwan’s Chinese Culture University, he worked in an advertising company for twelve years, until a battle with leukemia inspired him to start a career as an illustrator. He published work with various newspapers and magazines before producing his first picture books, Secrets in the Forest and A Fish that Smiled at Me, in 1998. He went on to achieve fame throughout the Chinese-speaking world, with films, television adaptations, and merchandise. He has won numerous influential awards and has been published in several languages, including a series of collaborations with English-speaking writers, including Amazon Best Book of the Year for Kids winner, The Champion of Staying Awake with Sean Taylor. Bold colors and child narrators are signature characteristics of his work, which often hints at a world sometimes sinister, sometimes lonely, but always filled with the deepest of emotions.