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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 Illustrator: Satoshi Kitamura 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 Illustrator: Satoshi Kitamura Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/09/2017

This collection from John Agard, winner of the Queens Medal and the Eleanor Farjeon Award, explores the wonders of the world - inviting your child to ponder life's questions with lots of fun along the way!

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 Illustrator: Satoshi Kitamura Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/12/2020

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

Hat Tricks

Hat Tricks

Author: Satoshi Kitamura Illustrator: Satoshi Kitamura Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2020

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. Shortlisted for the Book Trust Storytime Prize. `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

Beware of the Crocodile

Beware of the Crocodile

Author: Martin Jenkins Illustrator: Satoshi Kitamura Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2020

A Nature Storybook about one of the world's most dangerous animals, with text by top non-fiction author Martin Jenkins and pictures by Satoshi Kitamura. A witty Nature Storybook about crocodiles, with words by award-winning author Martin Jenkins and playful pictures by Satoshi Kitamura. The main thing about crocodiles is they're really scary - or at least the big ones are. They've got an awful lot of teeth and they're not at all fussy about what they eat, as long as it's got a bit of meat on it. When it comes to hunting down their dinner, they're very determined and very cunning ... so better beware. But you might be surprised to hear that there's more to crocodiles than just their appetites: crocodiles make wonderful mothers! This is a fascinating, rounded look at crocodiles, with Martin's wry text brought to life by Satoshi's lively watercolour paintings. The back matter includes notes on species, an index and a bibliography.

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 Illustrator: Satoshi Kitamura Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/03/2017

Rebelde the snail can't stop asking his fellow molluscs awkward questions, starting with: why are we so slow? 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 slow snail-like way, Rebelde makes new friends and goes on plenty 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? Luis Sepulveda's bestselling The Story of a Snail Who Discovered the Importance of Being Slow is a wonderful ode to diversity and unity, celebrating the importance of being slow in a world obsessed with speed.

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 Illustrator: Satoshi Kitamura Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/03/2016

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 Money

The Story of Money

Author: Martin Jenkins Illustrator: Satoshi Kitamura Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2015

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 Illustrator: Satoshi Kitamura 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 Illustrator: Satoshi Kitamura Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/08/2014

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.

Beetle and Bug and the Grissel Hunt

Beetle and Bug and the Grissel Hunt

Author: Hiawyn Oram Illustrator: Satoshi Kitamura 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

Einstein, The Girl Who Hated Maths

Einstein, The Girl Who Hated Maths

Author: John Agard Illustrator: Satoshi Kitamura 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.

Goldilocks on CCTV

Goldilocks on CCTV

Author: John Agard Illustrator: Satoshi Kitamura 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: Grace Nichols and John Agard Illustrator: Satoshi Kitamura 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.

In The Attic

In The Attic

Author: Hiawyn Oram Illustrator: Satoshi Kitamura Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/07/2011

A small boy, bored with all his toys, suddenly notices a trapdoor in the ceiling that can be reached by climbing the ladder of his toy fire engine. Once up in the attic he finds a window that opens many other windows and he meets a very special friend . . .

Once Upon an Ordinary School Day

Once Upon an Ordinary School Day

Author: Colin McNaughton Illustrator: Satoshi Kitamura 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 Illustrator: Satoshi Kitamura 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.

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