Born in Taiwan, Chinese Taipei; immigrated to Yamaguchi, Japan; immigrated to United States. Education: Art Center College of Design, B.F.A. (illustration; with honors), 1994.
Illustrator and graphic designer.
Theologos Award for Best Children's Book, 2003, for God Created, by Mark Francisco Bozzuti-Jones; Silver Award in Advertising, Society of Illustrators, L.A.; Omni Award, for Hallmark Cards brochure design.
Mark Francisco Bozzuti-Jones, God Created, Augsburg Books (Minneapolis, MN), 2003.
Who Says Baa?: A Touch-and-Feel Board Book, Piggy Toes Press (Los Angeles, CA), 2003.
Who Says Moo?: A Touch-and-Feel Board Book, Piggy Toes Press (Los Angeles, CA), 2003.
Jocelyn Jamison, Yummy Chocolate Bunny, Price Stern Sloan (New York, NY), 2003.
Janet Buell, Sail Away, Little Boat, Carolrhoda Books (Minneapolis, MN), 2006.
Contributor of illustrations to periodicals, including Graphis, Print, and Illustration West.
Born in Taiwan and raised in Yamaguchi, Japan, illustrator Jui Ishida received her B.F.A. from California's Art Center College of Design with an honors designation. The winner of several awards in both illustration and graphic design, Ishida has also gained the appreciation of young fans through her artwork in such books as God Created, by Mark Francisco Bozzuti-Jones, Yummy Chocolate Bunny, by Jocelyn Jamison, and Sail Away, Little Boat, written by Janet Buell.
Sail Away, Little Boat follows the trip of a little red toy boat as it makes its way from a small brook to a fast-moving river, and eventually down into the open sea. Upon coming ashore, the toy boat is quickly scooped up by three children who make it their own. By book's end the toy boat is tossing atop a new sea: this time in the bath tub! In her mixed-media illustrations, Ishida utilizes bright colors and a bold, coursing effect that mimics fast-moving water. A reviewer for Publishers Weekly highly praised Ishida's work in Sail Away, Little Boat, calling her illustrations "cheery" and "stream-lined." Writing in School Library Journal, Teresa Pfeifer also enjoyed the artist's work, stating that "Ishida's brilliantly colored spreads … cast a swirling, whirling spell of balanced design" and provide readers with a "rich visual and aural experience." "Brilliant colors bring to life stunning art that blends realism with whimsy in joyful reverence to nature's diversity," exclaimed a Kirkus Reviews critic in praise of the same work.
Biographical and Critical Sources
Booklist, October 15, 2003, Hazel Rochman, review of God Created, p. 416.
Kirkus Reviews, February 15, 2006, review of Sail Away, Little Boat, p. 178.
Publishers Weekly, December 23, 2002, review of Yummy Chocolate Bunny, p. 72; March 6, 2006, review of Sail Away, Little Boat, p. 74.
School Library Journal, April, 2006, Teresa Pfeifer, review of Sail Away, Little Boat, p. 97.
Jui Ishida Home Page,http://www.juiishida.com (January 20, 2007).
I Spot,http://www.theispot.com/ (January 20, 2007), "Jui Ishida."