Young, Ed 1931-
Young, Ed 1931-
(Ed Tse-chun Young)
Born November 28, 1931, in Tianjin, China; immigrated to United States, 1951; naturalized U.S. citizen; son of Qua-Ling (an engineer) and Yuen Teng Young; married, 1962 (divorced, 1969); married Natasha Gorky, June 1, 1971; children: Antonia, one younger daughter. Education: Attended City College of San Francisco, 1952, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1952-54; Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles, B.P.A., 1957; graduate study at Pratt Institute, 1958-59.
Home—Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. Agent—c/o Author Mail, Penguin Putnam, 375 Hudson St., New York, NY 10014.
Children's book illustrator and author. Mel Richman Studio, New York, NY, illustrator and designer, 1957-62; Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, instructor in visual communications, 1960-66; Shu Jung Tai Chi Chuan School, New York, NY, secretary and instructor, 1964-73, director, 1973; Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY, instructor, beginning 1975. Has also taught at Pratt Institute, Naropa Institute, Yale University, and University of California at Santa Cruz.
American Institute of Graphic Arts award, 1962, for The Mean Mouse and Other Mean Stories; Caldecott Medal Honor designation, and American Library Association Notable Book designation, both 1968, both for The Emperor and the Kite; Horn Book Honor List designation, and Child Study Association Book Award, both 1969, both for Chinese Mother Goose Rhymes; The Girl Who Loved the Wind named a Children's Book Showcase Title, 1973; New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book Award, 1984, for Up a Tree, 1988, for Cats Are Cats; Horn Book Honor List designation, 1986, for Foolish Rabbit's Big Mistake by Rafe Martin; Caldecott Medal, and Boston Globe/Horn Book Award, both 1990, both for Lon Po Po; U.S. nominee for Hans Christian Andersen Award, 1992; Boston Globe/Horn Book Award, 1992, and Caldecott Honor listee, 1993, both for Seven Blind Mice.
SELF-ILLUSTRATED; FOR CHILDREN
(With Hilary Beckett) The Rooster's Horns: A Chinese Puppet Play to Make and Perform, Collins (New York, NY), 1978.
(Reteller) The Terrible Nung Gwama: A Chinese Folktale, Collins (New York, NY), 1978.
(Adaptor) The Lion and the Mouse: An Aesop Fable, Doubleday (New York, NY), 1979.
High on a Hill: A Book of Chinese Riddles, Collins (New York, NY), 1980.
Up a Tree, Harper (New York, NY), 1983.
The Other Bone, Harper (New York, NY), 1984.
(Translator) Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China, Philomel (New York, NY), 1989.
(Reteller) Seven Blind Mice, Philomel (New York, NY), 1992.
(Reteller) Moon Mother: A Native-American Creation Tale, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 1993.
(Reteller) Red Thread, Philomel (New York, NY), 1993.
(Reteller) Little Plum, Philomel (New York, NY), 1994.
(Reteller) Donkey Trouble, Atheneum Books for Young Readers (New York, NY), 1995.
(Adaptor) Pinocchio, Philomel (New York, NY), 1995.
(Reteller) Night Visitors, Philomel (New York, NY), 1995.
Cat and Rat: The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac, Holt (New York, NY), 1995.
(Reteller) Mouse Match: A Chinese Folktale, Silver Whistle, 1997.
(Adaptor) Genesis, Laura Geringer Books (New York, NY), 1997.
Voices of the Heart, Scholastic (New York, NY), 1997.
(Reteller) The Lost Horse: A Chinese Folktale, Silver Whistle, 1998.
Monkey King, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 2001.
The Boy Who Wanted Knowledge, Penguin Putnam (New York, NY), 2002.
What about Me?, Philomel (New York, NY), 2002.
(Adaptor) The Sons of the Dragon King: A Chinese Legend, Atheneum (New York, NY), 2004.
I, Doko: The Tale of a Basket, Philomel (New York, NY), 2004.
Nikki Grimes, Tai Chi Morning: Snapshots of China, Cricket Books (Chicago, IL), 2004.
Beyond the Great Mountains: A Visual Poem about China, Chronicle Books (San Francisco, CA), 2005.
My Mei Mei, Philomel (New York, NY), 2006.
Janice M. Udry, The Mean Mouse and Other Mean Stories, Harper (New York, NY), 1962.
Leland B. Jacobs and Sally Nohelty, editors, Poetry for Young Scientists, Holt (New York, NY), 1964.
Margaret Hillert, The Yellow Boat, Follett (Chicago, IL), 1966.
Jane Yolen, editor, The Emperor and the Kite, World Publishing (Chicago, IL), 1967, reprinted, Penguin Putnam (New York, NY), 1988.
Robert Wyndam, editor, Chinese Mother Goose Rhymes, World Publishing (Chicago, IL), 1968, reprinted, Penguin Putnam (New York, NY), 1998.
Kermit Krueger, The Golden Swans: A Picture Story from Thailand, World Publishing (Chicago, IL), 1969.
Mel Evans, The Tiniest Sound, Doubleday (New York, NY), 1969.
Jane Yolen, The Seventh Mandarin, Seabury (New York, NY), 1970.
Renee K. Weiss, The Bird from the Sea, Crowell (New York, NY), 1970.
Diane Wolkstein, Eight Thousand Stones: A Chinese Folktale, Doubleday (New York, NY), 1972.
Jane Yolen, The Girl Who Loved the Wind, Crowell (New York, NY), 1972.
L.C. Hunt, editor, The Horse from Nowhere, Holt (New York, NY), 1973.
Donnarae MacCann and Olga Richard, The Child's First Books, 1973.
Elizabeth F. Lewis, Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze, new edition, Holt (New York, NY), 1973.
Diane Wolkstein, The Red Lion: A Tale of Ancient Persia, Crowell (New York, NY), 1977.
Feenie Ziner, Cricket Boy: A Chinese Tale, Doubleday (New York, NY), 1977.
N.J. Dawood, Tales from the Arabian Nights, Doubleday (New York, NY), 1978.
Diane Wolkstein, White Wave: A Chinese Tale, Crowell (New York, NY), 1979.
Priscilla Jaquith, Bo Rabbit Smart for True: Folktales from the Gullah, Philomel (New York, NY), 1981.
Al-Ling Louie, Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China, Putnam (New York, NY), 1982.
Mary Scioscia, Bicycle Rider, Harper (New York, NY), 1983.
Rafe Martin, Foolish Rabbit's Big Mistake, Putnam (New York, NY), 1985.
Jean Fritz, The Double Life of Pocahontas, Putnam (New York, NY), 1985.
Margaret Leaf, Eyes of the Dragon, Lothrop (New York, NY), 1987.
James Howe, I Wish I Were a Butterfly, Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 1987.
Tony Johnston, Whale Song, Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 1987.
Richard Lewis, In the Night, Still Dark, Atheneum (New York, NY), 1988.
Nancy Larrick, editor, Cats Are Cats, Philomel (New York, NY), 1988.
Robert Frost, Birches, Holt (New York, NY), 1988.
Oscar Wilde, The Happy Prince, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1989.
Lafcadio Hearn, The Voice of the Great Bell, retold by Margaret Hodges, Little, Brown (Boston, MA), 1989.
Ruth Y. Radin, High in the Mountains, Macmillan (New York, NY), 1989.
Nancy Larrick, editor, Mice Are Nice, Philomel (New York, NY), 1990.
Richard Lewis, All of You Was Singing, Atheneum (New York, NY), 1991.
Nancy White Carlstrom, Goodbye, Geese, Philomel (New York, NY), 1991.
Barabara Savage Horton, What Comes in Spring?, Knopf (New York, NY), 1992.
Mary Calhoun, While I Sleep, Morrow (New York, NY), 1992.
Audrey Osofsky, Dreamcatcher, Orchard Books (New York, NY), 1992.
Laura Krauss Melmed, The First Song Ever Sung, Lothrop (New York, NY), 1993.
Eleanor Coerr, Sadako, Putnam (New York, NY), 1993.
Isaac Olaleye, Bitter Bananas, Boyds Mills Press (Honesdale, PA), 1994.
Shulamith Levey Oppenheim, reteller, Iblis, Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 1994.
Penny Pollock, reteller, The Turkey Girl: A Zuni Cinderella Story, Little, Brown (Boston, MA), 1996.
Lisa Westberg Peters, October Smiled Back, Holt (New York, NY), 1996.
Jack London, White Fang, Viking (New York, NY), 1999.
Mary Casanova, The Hunter: A Chinese Folktale, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 2000.
Dorothea P. Seeber, A Pup Just for Me—A Boy Just for Me, Philomel (New York, NY), 2000.
Tony Johnston, Desert Song, Sierra Club Books for Children (San Francisco, CA), 2000.
Shanghai Messenger, Lee & Low (New York, NY), 2005.
Robert Burleigh, On Top of the World: A Song for Tenzing Norgay, Atheneum (New York, NY), 2006.
Also illustrator of film Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, based on the story by Eleanor Coerr.
A critically acclaimed illustrator of children's books since the early 1960s, Ed Young often draws on the folklore and folktales of his native China for inspiration. Creating artwork for the texts of others as well as illustrating original tales and adaptations, Young's visual images have helped young readers understand historical China from the days of the Han dynasty onward. His awards include Caldecott honors for illustrating Jane Yolen's The Emperor and the Kite and his own retelling of an Indian story in Seven Blind Mice as well as a Caldecott medal for his translation of Lon Po Po: A Red Riding Hood Story from China. Often working with charcoals and pastels on rice paper, Young captures the feel of Chinese art in his illustrations. Not surprisingly, he cites the philosophy of Chinese painters as his inspiration. "Young is one of those illustrators not to be missed," wrote M.P. Dunleavey in the New York Times Book Review, "especially if you share his fondness for legends from far-off lands, retold to appeal to young Americans." In addition to such exotic tales, Young has embraced the native heritage of his adopted home, retelling Native-American myths in books such as Moon Mother: A Native-American Creation Tale. He has also explored a variety of other cultures, adapting European fairy and folk tales, stories from the Old Testament, and a tale from Middle Eastern traditions in What about Me?
Born in a Chinese coal-mining town and raised in Shanghai and Hong Kong, Young exhibited a talent for drawing early in life. After he emigrated to the United States on a student visa at age nineteen, he first studied architecture but soon turned to art. Following graduation from the Los Angeles Art Center College of Design, Young moved to New York City, where he embarked on a career in advertising design. During his lunch breaks, he sketched animals at the city zoo, and when the studio for which he worked went out of business, a friend suggested that Young try his hand at illustrating children's books. Although he was reluctant—he did not want to draw cartoons, as he mistakenly thought all children's books were—Young agreed to illustrate Janice M. Udry's The Mean House, and Other Mean Stories for Harper & Row.
When it was published in 1962, The Mean House, and Other Mean Stories won an award from the American Institute of Graphic Artists. Since then Young has written or retold—and illustrated—many stories for children, and has also contributed illustrations to books by other authors, including the Horn Book honor listees Chinese Mother Goose Rhymes and Foolish Rabbit's Big Mistake by Rafe Martin. His original work Up a Tree was included in the New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of 1984. While most of his books present universal themes, one book focuses on the thing closest to the artist's heart: his family. Praised by School Library Journal contributor Kate McClelland as "a simple story of family bonds unerringly told," My Mei-Mei focuses on the growing relationship between the two daughters Young and his wife adopted from China. The story follows older sister Antonia as she wishes for a "mei-mei" (little sister), then realizes that the new family member demands an unfair amount of attention. Ultimately, the book depicts what a Kirkus Reviews writer called a "tender celebration of love flowering between sisters" as the baby grows and Antonia realizes the important role she has in her mei mei's life. As Gillian Engberg noted in Booklist, Young's story depicts "the small moments that hold [the sisters] fiercely together," while his "vibrant collage illustrations joyously extend the spare, direct words."
The Caldecott Honor is one of the most prestigious awards available to book illustrators, and Young's name appears on the Caldecott honor several times, in several different capacities. For his 1968 work for Yolen's The Emperor and the Kite, he received a Caldecott honor, and his self-illustrated retelling Seven Blind Mice also earned a place on the award's honor list. The Caldecott Medal came to Young in 1990 in recognition of his self-illustrated Lon Po Po. The story of three sisters who outwit an evil wolf that sneaks into their home, Lon Po Po was translated from the Chinese by Young. Reviewing the title in School Library Journal, John Philbrook commented that the author/illustrator's "gripping variation of Red Riding Hood … possesses that matter-of-fact veracity that characterizes the best fairy tales," and further noted that Young's "outstanding achievement … will be pored over again and again." Writing in the Los Angeles Times Book Review, George Shannon observed that, "rather than illustrating only the words of his tale … Young has given new life to its metaphoric essence and created a book to savor." A "must for folklore and storytelling collections" was Carolyn Phelan's assessment in a Booklist review.
As he did with Lon Po Po, Young focuses much of his work on bringing Chinese myth and folklore to Western children through his illustrated retellings. A Kirkus Reviews writer called Young's Red Thread "another spellbinding Chinese tale" with "an imaginative, innovative use of traditional elements of Chinese art." In recounting this story of matchmaking and destiny, "Young
dapples his pages with delectable clouds of pastels and watercolors," the same writer added, while Phelan noted the "ethereal" look of the book's artwork. Little Plum, another Chinese fable, has the tiny defeating the powerful when a boy the size of a plum seed outsmarts an evil lord and overcomes the lord's soldiers. "The narration moves as nimbly as Little Plum himself," commented Elizabeth Bush in a review for the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books. Bush further noted that "Young has a field day playing with perspectives in his ruggedly textured pastels."
With Monkey King, Young adapts Chinese myth for a "strikingly designed Buddhist tale," as Booklist critic Gillian Engberg described the picture book. With the explosion of a rock, a monkey suddenly emerges, setting off this trickster tale as the monkey outwits adversaries and also gets himself on the wrong side of others. "Young's dynamic artwork and his mercurial transitions between spreads mimic Monkey's own shape-shifting," noted a reviewer for Publishers Weekly, "making for deliciously unpredictable reading." Engberg further remarked in Booklist that Young's language is "lively and rich," and his cut-paper collages "beautifully illustrate the action-hero excitement."
Young introduces the Chinese zodiac in Cat and Rat: The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac, a story that explains how the enmity between the two animals began five thousand years ago in a race in which the first dozen finishers would have a year named after them. In a Booklist review, Phelan observed that "Young captures the emotional content of the scenes with quick, sure strokes of charcoal and pastels on rice paper." Margaret A. Chang, writing in School Library Journal, praised the author/illustrator's ability to relate "his story in lively, spare prose."
With Voices of the Heart and Beyond the Great Mountains: A Visual Poem about China Young shares his knowledge of Chinese calligraphy and also reveals the Chinese mind by exploring the meaning behind Chinese characters; in the first he examines twenty-six symbols that represent personal traits such as virtue, shame, and mercy, while the second focuses on pictographic seal-style characters representing aspects of the natural world. "I was interested in doing two things," Young explained to Publishers Weekly interviewer Valiska Gregory in discussing Beyond the Great Mountains. "I wanted to introduce the Chinese mind, how it interprets and emotion in a different way than the Western mind, and I wanted to figure out a way that Westerners could understand that difference. My mission was to create a bridge between the two cultures." With Voices of the Heart "Young pushes the envelope of picture-book illustration once again," creating an "unusual combination of image and language," wrote Janice M. Del Negro in the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, the critic adding that the book serves as "a powerful combination of words and imagery." Philbrook, writing in School Library Journal, called Voices of the Heart "perhaps [Young's] most conceptually brilliant work to date," and concluded: "Though certainly an interesting introduction to Chinese characters, this highly original tour de force will awaken children to the relation between language and thought, providing many hours of fascination and discussion." Calling the illustrations for Beyond the Mountains "Matisse-inspired," a Kirkus Reviews writer found the book to be a "lovely tribute to ‘the hidden wisdom of symbols.’"
Young returns to more traditional Chinese fare with Night Visitors, Mouse Match: A Chinese Folktale, The Lost Horse, and The Sons of the Dragon King. In Night Visitors a young man believes that, because all living things are equally worthy, when ants plague his father's storehouse, he must find a way to get rid of the insects without killing them. Julie Cummins, writing in School Library Journal, noted that the "deftly crafted story concludes with a message of respect for all forms of life," while Rochman called attention to "exquisite illustrations" that "express the changing point of view that is the heart of the story." In Mouse Match a father mouse travels to the four corners of the Earth in search of the perfect husband for his daughter. Rejected in turn by the Sun, the Moon, and others, the father finally discovers that the best choice is also the most obvious. A reviewer for Booklist noted that Young's folktale retelling "is inventively illustrated with collages and innovatively designed with pages that fold out to tell the story," while a contributor to Kirkus Reviews called the work a "polished, effective presentation that … redefines [Young's] role as a picture-book creator."
Chinese values are further revealed in The Lost Horse, in which a man who loves his fantastic horse comes to discover that things are not as good or bad as they appear on the surface. "This story is an excellent springboard for a discussion of the changing nature of life," noted Marianne Saccardi in a School Library Journal review of the book. Commenting on Young's collage artwork in pastel and watercolor, a contributor for Kirkus Reviews commented that the book's "sensitive illustrations portray both the panoramic sweeps of life in ancient China, and the individual characters in the story." A writer for Publishers Weekly maintained that The Lost Horse "may be among the Caldecott Medalist's finest works." Another story that couches an important lesson in its colorful story, The Sons of the Dragon King follows nine self-indulgent dragon princes as they are sent forth by their kingly father to seek the means by which their unique abilities can create good in the world. While all are spoiled, one boy is loud, one is a good swimmer, and one is strong, and by story's end each has used his talents for good. Along with cut paper collage, Young "depicts each son in an expressive ink wash" full of "movement and humor," noted a Kirkus Reviews writer, while a Publishers Weekly writer noted that the book possesses "a design as elegant and lively as the prose is clear."
Mining other cultural traditions has also yielded a wealth of inspiration for Young. Praised as "a superb rendition of a tale with universal resonance," I, Doko: The Tale of a Basket is a Nepalese story about learning to value each of life's stages. A 1992 Caldecott honor book, Seven Blind Mice, is a retelling of the Indian story "The Blind Men and the Elephant." "The story unfolds in a series of striking paper collages ingeniously arranged on a background of black bordered in white," according to Mandy Cheetham in a Magpies review. Cheetham thought that "the sheer artistry and delight of both text and illustrations will ensure that it becomes a classic for pre-school storytime programmes." A reviewer for School Library Journal felt this "perfect picture book" is "brilliantly elegant in design and artwork." Sufi texts yield What about Me?, which finds a young man's search for knowledge come full circle when, with the initial guidance of a Grand Master, he learns that in the act of giving one often receives. "Young seems incapable of making anything less than a beautiful book," commented School Library Journal contribu- tor Dona Ratterree while praising the book's "elegant design and clever cut-paper and watercolor collages." Dubbing Young's illustrations "dazzling," Mary M. Burns wrote in Horn Book that the artwork in What about Me? features characters who are "agile, rhythmic, graceful, and emotionally charged."
Young has also borrowed from LaFontaine and Aesop, as in his retelling of Donkey Trouble, in which a simple man and his grandson go off to market to sell their donkey. On the way, however, they are mocked for the manner in which they are traveling and finally, after trying to please everyone, end up pleasing no one. Young transplants this tale to a Mideastern desert, creating a "striking picture book" and "an elegant retelling," according to Judith Constantinides in School Library Journal. A writer for Kirkus Reviews called the same book a "timeless interpretation of an ancient fable." Additionally, Young has adapted more modern tales, such as Carlo Collodi's Pinocchio, as well as Oscar Wilde's fairy tale, The Happy Prince. In Moon Mother, he introduces a Native American creation myth. "Images within images add visual layers of meaning to the complex creation myth, which Young tells with deceptive simplicity" noted Janice Del Negro in a Booklist review. "The landscapes are as large as the story," commented Ruth K. MacDonald in School Library Journal, "as timeless as history."
In addition to a busy writing schedule, Young also reserves time to work with children in schools around the country, reading stories and inspiring young artists to create illustrations. In a Scholastic Web site interview, he offered advice to young people considering a career in writing or book illustration. In addition to a desire to tell stories, and perhaps a desire to tell stories in pictures, future author/illustrators should have "an interest in everything—music, nature, art. And [they should] be open to everything that comes their way." "Do not rely on training from school," Young hastened to add, "because training for an artist is a lifetime endeavor."
Biographical and Critical Sources
Children's Literature Review, Volume 27, Thomson Gale (Detroit, MI), 1992.
St. James Guide to Children's Writers, 5th edition, St. James (Detroit, MI), 1999.
Silvey, Anita, editor, Children's Books and Their Creators, Houghton (Boston, MA), 1995.
Booklist, November 15, 1989, Carolyn Phelan, review of Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China, p. 672; March 1, 1993, Carolyn Phelan, review of Red Thread, p. 1233; March 15, 1993, p. 1329; October 15, 1993, Janice Del Negro, review of Moon Mother: A Native-American Creation Tale, pp. 439-440; September 15, 1995, Hazel Rochman, review of Night Visitor, p. 174; November 1, 1995, Carolyn Phelan, review of Cat and Rat: The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac, p. 1995; January 1, 1996, p. 744; June 12, 1996, p. 1727; October 15, 1997, p. 403; January 1, 1998, review of Mouse Match: A Chinese Folktale, p. 736; March 15, 1998, p. 1246; October 1, 2999, p. 336; February 1, 2001, Gillian Engberg, review of Monkey King, p. 1058; May 15, 2004, Jennifer Mattson, review of The Sons of the Dragon King: A Chinese Legend, p. 1617; December 1, 2004, Jennifer Mattson, review of I, Doko: The Tale of a Basket, p. 652; November 1, 2005, Carolyn Phelan, review of Beyond the Great Mountains: A Visual Poem about China, p. 48; January 1, 2006, Gillian Engberg, review of My Mei Mei, p. 104.
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, November, 1989, p. 74; May, 1993, p. 299; October, 1994, Elizabeth Bush, review of Little Plum, p. 71; November, 1995, p. 111; December, 1995, p. 146; April, 1997, Janice M. Del Negro, review of Voices of the Heart, p. 301; December, 1997, p. 144.
Children's Book Review Service, September, 1995, p. 5; January, 1996, p. 54; February, 1997, p. 80; April, 1998, p. 101.
Five Owls, May-June, 1999, pp. 96, 97; March-April, 2006, Jennifer M. Brabander, review of My Mei Mei, p. 178.
Horn Book, May-June, 1997, p. 347; November-December, 1997, pp. 674-675; July-August, 2002, Mary M. Burns, review of What about Me?, p. 477; November-December, 2004, Joanna Rudge Long, review of I, Doko, p. 704.
Kirkus Reviews, January 1, 1993, review of Red Thread, p. 70; September 15, 1995, review of Donkey Trouble, p. 1360; January 15, 1997, p. 148; October 1, 1997, review of Mouse Match, p. 1540; April 1, 1998, review of The Lost Horse, p. 504; April 15, 2004, review of The Sons of the Dragon King, p. 403; November 15, 2004, review of I, Doko, p. 1095; September 1, 2005, review of Beyond the Great Mountains, p. 985; February 1, 2006, review of My Mei Mei, p. 139.
Los Angeles Times Book Review, December 10, 1989, George Shannon, "Of Metaphors and a Boy Flat as a Page," p. 9.
Magpies, November, 1994, Mandy Cheetham, review of Seven Blind Mice, p. 24.
New York Times Book Review, May 5, 1996, M.P. Dunleavey, review of Cat and Rat and Night Visitors, p. 27.
Publishers Weekly, February 24, 1989, pp. 208-209; September 5, 1994, p. 109; August 26, 1996, p. 98; April 27, 1998, review of The Lost Horse, p. 66; November 23, 1998, p. 70; May 29, 2000, p. 82; January 15, 2001, review of Monkey King, p. 74; May 24, 2004, review of The Sons of the Dragon King, p. 61; November 8, 2004, review of I, Doko, p. 54; September 19, 2005, Valiska Gregory, "East Meets West" p, 65, and review of Beyond the Great Mountains, p. 64; January 9, 2006, review of My Mei Mei, p. 52.
School Library Journal, December, 1989, John Philbrook, review of Lon Po Po, p. 97; December, 1992, p. 24; November, 1993, Ruth K. MacDonald, review of Moon Mother, p. 103; April, 1994, p. 43; October, 1995, Julie Cummins, review of Night Visitors, p. 130; December, 1995, Margaret A. Chang, review of Cat and Rat, p. 101; December, 1995, Judith Constantinides, review of Donkey Trouble, p. 101; June, 1997, John Philbrook, review of Voices of the Heart, p. 150; April, 1998, Marianne Saccardi, review of The Lost Horse, p. 127; November, 1998, p. 43; January, 2000, review of Seven Blind Mice, p. 58; December, 2000, Daryl Grabarek, review of Desert Song, p. 112; February 2001, Carol Ann Wilson, review of Monkey King, p. 108; June, 2002, Dona Ratterree, review of What about Me?, p. 127; June, 2004, Grace Oliff, review of The Sons of the Dragon King, p. 134; November, 2004, Lauralyn Persson, review of I, Doko, p. 120; October, 2005, Carol L. MacKay, review of Beyond the Great Mountains, p. 196; February, 2006, Kate McClelland, review of My Mei Mei, p. 112.
Voice of Youth Advocates, August, 1998, p. 186.
Washington Post Book World, July 4, 2004, Elizabeth Ward, review of The Sons of the Dragon King, p. 11.
Scholastic Web site, http://www.books.scholastic.com/ (September 23, 2006), interview with Young.
National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature Web site,http://www.nccil.org/ (September 23, 2006), "Meet the Artist: Ed Young."