Thursday, 19 June 2014

Satoshi Kitamura Joins the 2014 Tour.

The Children's Bookshow is delighted to announce another new addition for 2014. We have just confirmed that Satoshi Kitamura will be flying over from Japan especially to join our tour in the Autumn. 

Satoshi will be performing to a large audience, with live drawing, at the Oxford Playhouse on Friday 14th November, as well as running four workshops in Oxford schools.  

We're thrilled to welcome  such a fantastic creator of picture books, many of which he has both written and illustrated.

Millie's Marvellous Hat, which was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway award in 2010 ... 

... and Me and My Cat, which has won the Smarties Prize.

Satoshi has also illustrated stories by other well-known authors, including Colin McNaughton's Once Upon an Ordinary School Day and Angry Arthur, written by Hiawyn Oram, which was published in 1982 to great acclaim. It won the Mother Goose Award in 1983 and the Japanese Picture Book Award.

Satoshi's book, A Boy Wants a Dinosaur was shown as a children’s play at the Unicorn Theatre and his picture book Sheep in Wolves' Clothing was adapted into the ITV television series Sheep!

Born in 1956 in Tokyo, Satoshi says that comics have had a great influence on his style.  He absorbed anything visual around him, even the label on a tin of Sardines. He works in bold, bright watercolours with a very recognisable, uneven line style. His cats are full of characterand expression, as are his children, sheep and other animals. The Times Educational Supplement said about his artowrk: "The bold, bright, beautiful style of Satoshi Kitamura stands out like a beacon."

You can read more about Satoshi Kitamura in this article, A life in Pictures from The Guardian and this biography and gallery on Booktrust's website.

More details about Satoshi's brilliant event can be found on his page of our website:

We look forward to hearing all the interesting details behind Satoshi's stories and pictures, and seeing him inspire young people to get creative and get reading.