Clarissa Wong

Clarissa Wong - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Experienced children's books editor with 10 years of in-house experience at HarperCollins, Disney Publishing, and Abrams.

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Overview

With 10 years of editorial experience, I've worked on a dynamic and diverse range of titles, including picture books, graphic novels, early readers, board books, novelty, licensing, and more. For graphic novels, I edit a wide age group, from middle grade, young adult, to even adult. I was the editor for a number of wonderful, successful books such as the award winning, Eisner Award nominated, National Book Critics Choice finalist, and national bestseller "The Best We Could Do" by Thi Bui, "Where Are You From?" written by Yamile Saied Méndez and illustrated by Jaime Kim, and NEW YORK TIMES bestsellers "Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins" and "Pete the Cat: Five Little Ducks" by James Dean.

I'm passionate about storytelling and weaving the art and text together into something more. I would love to help you tell your story and reach your goals.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Children’s Non-Fiction
Comics Non-Fiction
Writing & Publishing
Fiction
Comics & Graphic Novels
Cultural & Ethnic
Picture Books

Work experience

Editor

HarperCollins
February, 2016 – Present (over 5 years)

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Where Are You From?

Yamile Saied Méndez

"Lyrical language and luminous illustrations. An ideal vehicle for readers to ponder and discuss their own identities." —Kirkus (starred review)"An enchanted, hand-in-hand odyssey [and] opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the many, many backgrounds, roots, histories, of those who live in these United States." —Shelf Awareness (starred review)"A much-needed title that is a first purchase f... read more

"Lyrical language and luminous illustrations. An ideal vehicle for readers to ponder and discuss their own identities." —Kirkus (starred review)"An enchanted, hand-in-hand odyssey [and] opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the many, many backgrounds, roots, histories, of those who live in these United States." —Shelf Awareness (starred review)"A much-needed title that is a first purchase f... read more

The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir

Thi Bui

National bestseller2017 National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) Finalist ABA Indies Introduce Winter / Spring 2017 Selection Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Spring 2017 Selection ALA 2018 Notable Books Selection An intimate and poignant graphic novel portraying one family’s journey from war-torn Vietnam, from debut author Thi Bui. This beautifully illustrated and emotional story is an ev... read more

National bestseller2017 National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) Finalist ABA Indies Introduce Winter / Spring 2017 Selection Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Spring 2017 Selection ALA 2018 Notable Books Selection An intimate and poignant graphic novel portraying one family’s journey from war-torn Vietnam, from debut author Thi Bui. This beautifully illustrated and emotional story is an ev... read more

Mulan: The Legend of the Woman Warrior

Faye-Lynn Wu

Mulan, the legendary woman warrior, comes to life in this empowering retelling of The Ballad of Mulan with stunning full-color illustrations by New York Times bestseller Joy Ang.Mulan loves nothing more than her family. She will do anything for them—even if it means joining the army in her ageing father’s place. Since girls are not allowed in the army, Mulan cleverly disguises herself as a man... read more

Mulan, the legendary woman warrior, comes to life in this empowering retelling of The Ballad of Mulan with stunning full-color illustrations by New York Times bestseller Joy Ang.Mulan loves nothing more than her family. She will do anything for them—even if it means joining the army in her ageing father’s place. Since girls are not allowed in the army, Mulan cleverly disguises herself as a man... read more

Let's Go!: A Flip-and-Find-Out Book (Wheels on the Go)

Lindsay Ward

Vroom, vroom! Toddlers will be taken with this board book with 6 shaped wheels.Children and parents will enjoy spinning the wheels in this interactive guessing game. With clues on every page, kids will delight in touching each die-cut shaped wheel with unique treads as they guess what vehicle each wheel could be—everything from a school bus to a stroller!The bright, graphic art style, clever r... read more

Vroom, vroom! Toddlers will be taken with this board book with 6 shaped wheels.Children and parents will enjoy spinning the wheels in this interactive guessing game. With clues on every page, kids will delight in touching each die-cut shaped wheel with unique treads as they guess what vehicle each wheel could be—everything from a school bus to a stroller!The bright, graphic art style, clever r... read more

Shake to Assemble! (The Avengers)

Calliope Glass

With a simple shake or tap, the readers help the Avengers assemble into action! In this truly hands-on interactive picture book, the readers play a part in the storytelling. Through instructional text, children learn numbers and directions such as up, down, left, right, clockwise, and counterclockwise. Kids will enjoy the feeling of creating the story and the element of magic and wonder.

With a simple shake or tap, the readers help the Avengers assemble into action! In this truly hands-on interactive picture book, the readers play a part in the storytelling. Through instructional text, children learn numbers and directions such as up, down, left, right, clockwise, and counterclockwise. Kids will enjoy the feeling of creating the story and the element of magic and wonder.

Pete the Cat's Trip to the Supermarket (I Can Read Level 1)

James Dean, Kimberly Dean

Pete the Cat helps out at the supermarket in this Level 1 I Can Read tale from New York Times bestselling creators Kimberly and James DeanAlong with his dad and brother, Pete the Cat heads off to the supermarket. But what happens when Dad loses the grocery list before they even get there? It’s up to Pete and Bob to help remind Dad what was on their list!Pete the Cat's Trip to the Supermarket i... read more

Pete the Cat helps out at the supermarket in this Level 1 I Can Read tale from New York Times bestselling creators Kimberly and James DeanAlong with his dad and brother, Pete the Cat heads off to the supermarket. But what happens when Dad loses the grocery list before they even get there? It’s up to Pete and Bob to help remind Dad what was on their list!Pete the Cat's Trip to the Supermarket i... read more

Pete the Cat: The Great Leprechaun Chase: Includes 12 St. Patrick's Day Cards, Fold-Out Poster, and Stickers!

James Dean

New York Times bestselling author and artist James Dean takes us on a St. Patrick's Day adventure with Pete the Cat as Pete discovers how lucky he actually is!It's St. Patrick's Day, and it's also the grand opening of Pete the Cat's leprechaun catching business. Pete gears up to trap a leprechaun for his friends! But catching a leprechaun is never easy—especially if it’s Clover, who's full of ... read more

New York Times bestselling author and artist James Dean takes us on a St. Patrick's Day adventure with Pete the Cat as Pete discovers how lucky he actually is!It's St. Patrick's Day, and it's also the grand opening of Pete the Cat's leprechaun catching business. Pete gears up to trap a leprechaun for his friends! But catching a leprechaun is never easy—especially if it’s Clover, who's full of ... read more

Pete the Cat: Trick or Pete

James Dean

Join Pete the Cat from New York Times bestselling artist James Dean as he goes trick-or-treating in this lift-the-flaps book!Pete loves Halloween and candy but not so much scary surprises. Follow Pete as he goes trick-or-treating from house to house and discover what is waiting behind each door.With over ten flaps that open to reveal fun spooky surprises, this book is spooktacular!

Join Pete the Cat from New York Times bestselling artist James Dean as he goes trick-or-treating in this lift-the-flaps book!Pete loves Halloween and candy but not so much scary surprises. Follow Pete as he goes trick-or-treating from house to house and discover what is waiting behind each door.With over ten flaps that open to reveal fun spooky surprises, this book is spooktacular!

Pete the Cat: Five Little Ducks

James Dean

#1 New York Times bestseller James Dean turns it up in Pete the Cat’s cool adaptation of the classic children’s song “Five Little Ducks.”Fans of Pete the cat will love rocking out to this classic tune with a groovy twist.

#1 New York Times bestseller James Dean turns it up in Pete the Cat’s cool adaptation of the classic children’s song “Five Little Ducks.”Fans of Pete the cat will love rocking out to this classic tune with a groovy twist.

Unbeatable Betty: Betty Robinson, the First Female Olympic Track & Field Gold Medalist

Allison Crotzer Kimmel

An inspiring picture book biography of the first woman to win a gold medal in track and field. Young readers intrigued by the Summer 2020 Olympics in Tokyo will be inspired by this story.With Joanie Stone's colorful illustrations and Allison Crotzer Kimmel's inspirational text, this biography is a reminder of how it takes more than sheer talent to be a champion; an unbeatable spirit of determi... read more

An inspiring picture book biography of the first woman to win a gold medal in track and field. Young readers intrigued by the Summer 2020 Olympics in Tokyo will be inspired by this story.With Joanie Stone's colorful illustrations and Allison Crotzer Kimmel's inspirational text, this biography is a reminder of how it takes more than sheer talent to be a champion; an unbeatable spirit of determi... read more

Clarissa has 2 reviews

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Roxann Childe
Clarissa has provided me with clear insight for moving forward with my manuscript. She is extremely professional, giving direction that was beneficial towards making the necessary edits. Since my first communication with Clarissa I felt she is aligned with my story and it’s message.

Roxann Childe, January 2020


Helen Wu
Clarrisa was super efficient and I really like her professionalism and honesty. An amazing and talented editor with an eye for stories. Our collaboration was easy and the process moved along seamlessly. Clarissa is absolutely the best choice for any issue you may have with the manuscript. She will offer honest and necessary critique on any parts that need improving, so you know exactly what nee...
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Helen Wu, December 2019

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