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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.
Satoshi Kitamura’s artwork is immediately recognisable and Hat Tricks is a typically joyful, bold, bright celebration of the imagination. The little rabbit on the cover is Hattie, a gifted magician. Waving her wand – abracadabra, katakurico – she conjures a procession of animals out of her hat – a cat, a squirrel, an octopus, each turn of the page bringing a new surprise until … well, you’ll have to read it for yourselves. Kitamura’s comic timing is impeccable, and there’s a wonderful sense of drama as it all builds to its truly unexpected conclusion. A magical reading experience!
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2010.This gloriously imaginative story is all about the power of believing. Millie longs for a glorious hat but she hasn’t got any money. Cleverly, the kind man in the shop persuades her to imagine a wondrous and unusual hat which she carefully carries home. As she goes along, Millie thinks of all the amazing things her hat could look like and so ends up with the most fantastic creation imaginable. Satoshi Kitamura’s illustrations are a treat. CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal SHORTLIST 2010: Judges’ comments The strength of this impressive book, with its nice twist on the Emperor’s New Clothes story lies in the way that the illustrator visualises the little girl’s imagination in Kandinsky-esque explosions of colour. The hats are fabulous and the peacock breathtaking. A joyful and uplifting picture book.
Satoshi Kitamuraâ€™s highly original style is the perfect complement to this story about creativity. Pablo is having trouble thinking of what to paint. He sets off into the countryside for ideas, but it is during his afternoon nap that inspiration finally strikes! His dreams are full of fantastic images of his animal friends, so that when he wakes up he knows just what to paint.
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.
Age range 0 to 6 Hattie the rabbit conjures an amazing succession of animals out of her hat, and for a grand finale produces a wonderful habitat where they can all live. Bigger and bigger animals start appearing and before each page turn is a visual clue as to who will pop out of the hat next. `A masterfully crafted story for tots, impeccable in its apparent simplicity, yet with all the elements of tension, resolution and surprise needed in a good story. Perfection!' - Carousel 'Rhythm, rhyme, tongue-twisters and a colourful explosion of animals are all delivered with a magical flourish. A perfect book for sharing!' - Alison Brumwell, Storytime Prize judge
Hattie the rabbit conjures an amazing succession of animals out of her hat, and for a grand finale produces a wonderful habitat where they can all live. Bigger and bigger animals start appearing and before each page turn is a visual clue as to who will pop out of the hat next.
This is my hand. It can do all sorts of things. Most of the time it does good things, but sometimes... Kitamura introduces us to the wonders of something as simple as your hand - it can push, it can pull. It can paint, it can pat. And when your hand has a bad habit, it can pick your nose! Award-winning author and illustrator Satoshi Kitamura unfolds a wonderful celebration of the simple hand, also starring a favourite Kitamura character, Boots the cat.
Meet Pot-san, a tubby little teapot who loves to pour tea. He and his tabletop friends - Teacup, Milk Jug, Sugar Bowl and Spoon - have lots of adventures, and they'd like you to join them too! Illustrated in Satoshi's quirky style, he demonstrates how far the imagination can flow even about the seemingly mundane!
A wonderful collection of comic tales, told in an engaging comic strip format style, about the lovable but dopey cat, Boots.
Millie loves hats, but she has no money and she can't afford to buy any of the lovely hats in town. But the man in the hat shop has an idea. He produces a box containing a hat too fine and beautiful to behold, but with the most perfect shape and colour imaginable, if Millie dares to imagine it. Millie does dare, and soon she can not only see her own beautiful hat, but everyone else's hats as well.
Late one night, an old lady in a pointed hat climbs through the window into Nicholas's bedroom. She brandishes her broom, fires out some words, and then leaves as abruptly as she came. It's puzzling at the time, but not nearly as puzzling as what happens the next day... A hilarious tale of experiencing life from a different point of view, and finding out that it's just as complicated!
What happens when three sheep leave their coats in the safe-keeping of some wily wolves? Both wolves and coats disappear, of course! Enter Elliott Baa, Private Detective, who, together with the three friends and some rugby-playing cats, sets off to confront the villains in this action-packed and off-beat tale.
Travel 20,000 years into the past and discover what life as a caveman was like in this prehistoric picture book by a prodigiously talented artist. One day a little boy is walking along when he trips, stumbles and falls ... into the Stone Age! He meets a girl his own age and her tribe, and learns all about their way of life. He watches them make tools, clothes and weapons. He sees how they hunt, fish, cook, celebrate - and even how they paint on the walls of caves. But when a furious cave bear attacks, he wakes up back in his own time where everyone tells him it was only a dream. But was it?
When sheep cannot sleep, what do they do? One night a sheep called Woolly cannot sleep, so he decides to go for a walk to try to tire himself out. When that doesn't work, he tries climbing, then running, then jumping. But perhaps there is a more conventional way for Woolly to fall asleep...
A simple text where a visit to an art show causes a girl to imagine what the world would be like if it was wholly yellow, red or blue. Realising that the world actually consists of all the colours of the rainbow, she paints lots of multicoloured pieces of art herself. *Blue/Band 4 books offer longer, repeated patterns with sequential events and integrated literary and natural language. *Text type - A simple non-fiction text. *A gallery story map on pages 14 and 15 pictures the different stages of the girl's thought-processes for children to discuss. *Curriculum links - Art and Design: Self-portrait.Science: How we see things. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.
Pablo is having trouble with his contribution to his art group's painting exhibition. Nothing seems to be right. His concerned fellow-artists suggest perhaps he would have better joy with a landscape, so he sets off into the country to try to capture a perfect view. By lunch time, although he has done his best, he is not satisfied, so he decides to rest for a bit before continuing. While he is asleep, he dreams that the local animals gradually congregate, and add their own idiosyncratic perceptions to the wet art. Bird adds a bluer sky, Sheep adds a brighter green grass, and Mr Wolf groups all of them together to add focus... When Pablo wakes up he knows just what to do to make his painting right!
Igor has a loud and distinctive voice, and he cannot sing in tune. He is drummed out of the Dawn Chorus for not being musical enough, so he takes singing lessons. But his teacher says that not only is he always out of tune, he has no rhythm either. Poor Igor. He goes off into the desert, where at least he can sing to himself without being asked to stop. He builds a nest on a big rock, and starts to sing. But the rock is in fact a gigantic bird - a Dodo! - who likes his music so much it wakes up in order to join in.
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