The Incredible Moments of Pizza is the first in a series of children's books about food by Alani Publishing. Written by Michelle Kung and illustrated by Chanamon Ratanalert, this edutainment book follows the major moments in the history of pizza. Stay tuned for more information about the book coming May 2021!
Jiyoon Kim of Alani Publishing, an old college friend, approached me about this book after following my illustration journey on Instagram the last 5 years since graduation. While I was elated to work on my first picture book, the task was daunting, especially when she told me that the deadline was just before the holidays. This gave me only a month to complete the 13 spreads and cover illustrations. With little time to explore various styles and color palettes, I stuck with a simplified version of my most comfortable illustration style and limited hue themes for each spread. From the days of ancient Greece to present day pizza vending machines, this colorful book tells the tale of pizza and its journey through the ages. This is my first children's book to have had the honor of working on, and I learned a lot about picture book making as well as about my illustration in the process.