Igor, The Bird Who Couldn't Sing by Satoshi Kitamura

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An extraordinary picture book about expressing yourself, by award-winning picture book creator Satoshi Kitamura. Igor loves to sing, unfortunately without tune or rhythm! However, eventually he manages to find an unexpected, but appreciative audience.


Igor, The Bird Who Couldn't Sing by Satoshi Kitamura

Igor has a loud and distinctive voice, and he cannot sing in tune. He takes singing lessons. But his teacher says that he is always out of tune. He goes into a desert, where he can sing to himself. He builds a nest on a big rock, and starts to sing. But the rock is in fact a gigantic bird, who likes his music so much that it wakes up, to join in.


One stunningly coloured and humourous spread after another ... delightful Guardian Kitamura's stylish illustrations draw readers into a mesmerising world where music is interpreted as kaleidoscopic shapes waft through the air. Junior Hilarious and poignant Glasgow Herald

About the Author

Satoshi Kitamura

Satoshi Kitamura was born in 1956 in Tokyo. He says that when he was young he read comics and admits that these have had a great influence on his style. He says he was also influenced by anything visual from a tin of sardines to the fine art of the East and the West. He was not trained as an artist, but at the age of 19 began to do commercial work. From 1976-1979 he worked as a commercial artist in Japan, working as an illustrator for adverts and magazines. He moved to London in 1979 and worked mainly at designing greeting cards. He started illustrating for Andersen Press in 1981 after he had an exhibition of his work at the Neal Street Gallery in Covent Garden.

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40 pages
Interest Age: from 0 to 5 To 5


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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

2nd March 2006




Publisher Profile

Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

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