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Satoshi Kitamura - Illustrator

About the Illustrator

Satoshi Kitamura was born in Tokyo and worked in advertising there before moving to
London in 1980. He won the Mother Goose Award for Angry Arthur and he is now one of
the most distinguished illustrators in Britain.

'Kitamura's arresting, thought-provoking drawings confirm him as one of our finest and most versatile illustrators.' - The Guardian

Publisher Klaus Flugge's collection of decorated envelopes received from children's illustrators was featured in The Guardian and features some by Satoshi Kitamura. Click here to see them. 

Featured books by Satoshi Kitamura

The Rainmaker Danced

The Rainmaker Danced

7+ readers 9+ readers

Author: John Agard Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/10/2017

A brand-new anthology of poems by winner of the Queens Medal and the Eleanor Farjeon Award, John Agard Do triangles ever get into a tangle when their sides meet their angles? In this brand new collection of poems, John Agard draws on themes from nature and science to identity and inclusion, to inspire every reader. Here, we become transported by words and form on a journey through past and present. We are invited to answer life's questions, while having a great deal of fun at the same time ...Answers are folly when questions are bliss? Without questions, do I exist?

The Rainmaker Danced

The Rainmaker Danced

7+ readers 9+ readers

Author: John Agard Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/09/2017

A powerful short novel that will undoubtedly challenge readers to consider the reality of racism and the Black Lives Matter campaign.

Other books by Satoshi Kitamura

All You Ever Wanted to Know About Money

All You Ever Wanted to Know About Money

Author: Martin Jenkins, Frederico Bonifacini Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2019

A funny, philosophical look at the universal subject of money by award-winning non-fiction writer Martin Jenkins, illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura. In the Yap Islands in the South Pacific money can be a stone with a hole in the middle. It can be a string of shells, a bundle of cloth or a copper slab. It's the stuff that makes the world go round and doesn't grow on trees. In this fascinating and thought-provoking book, Martin Jenkins explores the history of money from its earliest beginnings to the electronic banking of today. Along the way we learn about hunter gatherers, barter, clay tablets, goat swapping, precious metals, hard bargains, IOUs, interest, coins, Romans, taxes, inflation, paper money, currencies and exchange rates. Satoshi Kitamura's quirky, satirical drawings perfectly complement the dry humour of the text and in the end we are reminded that money only exists because we believe in it. Jenkins is bold, informative and never patronising. - Independent on Sunday

The Story of a Seagull and the Cat Who Taught Her to Fly

The Story of a Seagull and the Cat Who Taught Her to Fly

Author: Luis Sepulveda Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/07/2019

Caught up in an oil spill, a dying seagull scrambles ashore to lay her final egg and lands on a balcony, where she meets Zorba, a big black cat from the port of Hamburg. The cat promises the seagull to look after the egg, not to eat the chick once it's hatched and - most difficult of all - to teach the baby gull to fly. Will Zorba and his feline friends honour the promise and give Lucky, the adopted little seagull, the strength to discover her true nature? A moving, uplifting and life-enhancing story with a strong environmental theme, Luis Sepulveda's instant children's classic has been a worldwide best-seller and is presented here with new drawings by acclaimed illustrator Satoshi Kitamura.

The Story of a Snail Who Discovered the Importance of Being Slow

The Story of a Snail Who Discovered the Importance of Being Slow

Author: Luis Sepulveda Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/03/2017

In Dandelion Land, a young snail can't stop asking his friends awkward questions, such as: why are we so slow - and why can't we all have our own names? When he is finally banished from the snail community because of this, he is forced to travel the world alone. As he explores in his oh-so-slow way, the snail makes new friends and goes on a series of adventures, gaining wisdom from every new encounter. But when he finds out his friends are in danger, he decides to rush home to warn them. Will he get there in time to save them?

The Story of Money

The Story of Money

Author: Martin Jenkins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2015

A funny, philosophical book about the universal subject of money, by award-winning non-fiction writer Martin Jenkins. A funny, philosophical look at the universal subject of money by award-winning non-fiction writer Martin Jenkins, illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura. In the Yap Islands in the South Pacific money can be a stone with a hole in the middle. It can be a string of shells, a bundle of cloth or a copper slab. It's the stuff that makes the world go round and doesn't grow on trees. In this fascinating and thought-provoking book, Martin Jenkins explores the history of money from its earliest beginnings to the electronic banking of today. Along the way we learn about hunter gatherers, barter, clay tablets, goat swapping, precious metals, hard bargains, IOUs, interest, coins, Romans, taxes, inflation, paper money, currencies and exchange rates. Satoshi Kitamura's quirky, satirical drawings perfectly complement the dry humour of the text and in the end we are reminded that money only exists because we believe in it.

Beetle and Bug and the Grissel Hunt

Beetle and Bug and the Grissel Hunt

Author: Hiawyn Oram Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/10/2014

Beetle and Bug decide to hunt for something that's never been seen - the Green-Spotted Grissel! They board their magic rug and fly off fearlessly in search of it. But will their journey take them to where the incredible Green-Spotted Grissel lurks? 'Kitamura is one of the world's most original and stylish children's illustrators' Sunday Times 'One of our finest and most versatile illustrators.' The Guardian

The Story of Money

The Story of Money

Author: Martin Jenkins Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/07/2014

A funny, philosophical book about the universal subject of money. In the Yap Islands in the South Pacific it can be a stone with a hole in the middle. It can be a string of shells, a bundle of cloth or a copper slab. It's the stuff that makes the world go round. That doesn't grow on trees. That can't buy you love, apparently.In this fascinating and thought-provoking book, Martin Jenkins explores the history of money from its earliest beginnings to the electronic banking of today. Along the way we learn about hunter gatherers, barter, clay tablets, goat swapping, precious metals, hard bargains, IOUs, interest, coins, Romans, taxes, inflation, paper money, currencies and exchange rates. Satoshi Kitamura's quirky, satirical drawings perfectly compliment the dry humour of the text and in the end we are reminded that money only exists because we believe in it.

Goldilocks on CCTV

Goldilocks on CCTV

Author: John Agard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/04/2014

There she was on the news, Miss Goody Two-Shoes, Caught on CCTV. Don't look so shocked! Of course you know who - Who else but Goldilocks? Here are 30 amazing poems which are rooted in the world of fairy tale and legend. Wickedly witty, deliciously subversive and utterly modern, the poems are also affectionate and big-hearted tributes to the original tales and characters that inspired them. This is a sizzling new collection from a master poet, portrayed with verce by Satoshi Kitamura's extraordinary black-and-white illustrations.

Beetle and Bug and the Grissel Hunt

Beetle and Bug and the Grissel Hunt

Author: Hiawyn Oram Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/10/2013

Beetle and Bug decide to hunt for something that's never been seen - the Green-Spotted Grissel! They board their magic rug and fly off fearlessly in search of it. But will their journey take them to where the incredible Green-Spotted Grissel lurks? Kitamura is one of the world's most original and stylish children's illustrators . (Sunday Times).

Hello H2O

Hello H2O

Author: John Agard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2013

From water-vapour to robots and outer-space to water, this highly original collection from John Agard, winner of the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry, explores everything exciting about science. Delighting in the wonder and oddities physics, biology and chemistry have to offer, these poems will bring out the scientist in you!

Einstein, The Girl Who Hated Maths

Einstein, The Girl Who Hated Maths

Author: John Agard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2013

From the mysterious power of the decimal point to the oddity of odd numbers, fun and wonder are the essence of these remarkable poems. The winner of the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry takes us through the delight and silliness maths has to offer. Subjects range from the title poem in which Einstein's number-loving parents persuade her of the fun they have with maths, to poems about the magic number nine, the power of the decimal point, and the ancient Inca counting device the Quipo.

A Creepy Crawly Songbook

A Creepy Crawly Songbook

Author: Hiawyn Oram, Carl Davis Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/04/2012

Goldilocks on CCTV

Goldilocks on CCTV

Author: John Agard Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/10/2011

There she was on the news, Miss Goody Two-Shoes, Caught on CCTV. Don't look so shocked! Of course you know who - Who else but Goldilocks? Here are 30 amazing poems which are rooted in the world of fairy tale and legend. Wickedly witty, deliciously subversive and utterly modern, the poems are also affectionate and big-hearted tributes to the original tales and characters that inspired them. This is a sizzling new collection from a master poet, portrayed with verce by Satoshi Kitamura's extraordinary black-and-white illustrations.

Pumpkin Grumpkin

Pumpkin Grumpkin

Author: John Agard, Grace Nichols Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

A fantastic collection of nonsense poems from all around the world. Have you ever heard of a doctopus or a hippopotamustn't? Have you ever visited the Ning Nang Nong or lived in a floorless room? Did you know that in Japan cows go mo , in Vietnam they go o-o and that in the Philippines they go ngna-ngna ? Here is an absolutely wonderful bunch of silly and charming poems from all around the world - from classics like the Jabberwocky, to great contemporary nonsense like The Computer's First Proverb - with superb illustrations by Satoshi Kitamura.

Stone Age Boy

Stone Age Boy

Author: Satoshi Kitamura Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2008

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?

Angry Arthur

Angry Arthur

Author: Hiawyn Oram Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/08/2008

Once there was a boy called Arthur, who wanted to stay up and watch TV, but his mother wouldn't let him. 'I'll get angry,' said Arthur, and he did. Very, very angry...

Once Upon an Ordinary School Day

Once Upon an Ordinary School Day

Author: Colin McNaughton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2005

It was an ordinary morning when the ordinary boy woke up, and it was an ordinary journey to school - but then Mr Gee bounced into the classroom and everything changed. Mr Gee plays rousing music which thunders around the classroom, and asks what it makes them think of. The dull grey world has been transformed into one of colour and excitement. 'Write a story about it!' laughs Mr Gee. And the ordinary boy began to write: the words just tumbled out of him pell-mell. And the places he went to, and the things he saw were extraordinary!

Hello H2O

Hello H2O

Author: John Agard Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/10/2003

Full of wonder and excitement at the discoveries of science, this collection of poems should be enjoyed by all who have an interest in science and the natural world. Providing numerous links between literacy and science and therefore ideal for cross-curricular work in the classroom, subjects range from water vapour to the wind, from robots to outer space, from physics to chemistry and biology.

Sky in the Pie

Sky in the Pie

Author: Roger Mcgough Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/05/1985

Waiter, there's a sky in my pie! Roger McGough has cooked up a delicious feast of poems. This spicy collection contains only the finest ingredients - wit, sparkle and thought-provoking insight from a very superior source. Get ready to have your tastebuds tickled! Warning: some poems will make you choke with laughter, some need to be chewed very carefully.

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