Popular Author Visits Two Elementaries

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You probably know the nursery rhyme “Humpty Dumpty.”  As you may recall, he had a great fall and efforts to put him back together were unsuccessful. But did you ever wonder what happened to Humpty Dumpty after his visit with the King’s horses and men? Students at Bilhartz and Alexander elementaries now know the whole story after a visit from author/illustrator Vuthy Kuon.

He’s best known for his Humpty Dumpty sequels, Humpty Dumpty After the Fall and Humpty Dumpty Saved the Day, but Kuon actually got his start illustrating Duncanville author Dave Gregory’s Theodore Was Here. Since then, Kuon has written and illustrated over 80 books. He’s been well-known to  Duncanville ISD librarians since the early to mid-1990s and has presented at several schools. During his last appearance on February 8, Kuon treated students to a live illustration, book reading, and a look into his past.

Kuon is a native of Cambodia who grew up in a poor, non-English speaking family. His family moved to the US when he was in elementary school, and he told students of his experiences as a “troubled” child until his third grade teacher taught him to enjoy books. Kuon’s presentation is called “The Million Faces of Humpty” because he leaves his main character’s face blank throughout his books. This is because he wants his readers to create the faces themselves. During his time at Bilhartz and Alexander, Kuon used volunteers to create their own Humptys. “He is a wonderful author/cartoonist/illustrator, and entertainer,” said Bilhartz librarian Tami Dekle.