Books

My Hand

Satoshi Kitamura

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.

The Yes

Sarah Bee (and others)

In a soft comfy nest in a safe warm place there snoozed a great big orange thing called the Yes. He was snug, but the Yes had a Where to go to. So he left his nest and went trundling out. But the Where was an endless place of Nos. They teemed and seethed. They picked and nipped, and snipped and snicked. The Yes yessed in all his goodness and bigness and yesness. But was he strong enough to overcome them?

Beetle and Bug and the Grissel Hunt

Hiawyn Oram (and others)

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

Ned And The Joybaloo

Hiawyn Oram (and others)

Ned is grumpy every day except for Friday - the day when his Joybaloo comes to visit him. All through the night they play the most wonderful games until it is time for the Joybaloo to go back to sleep. But one day the Joybaloo disappears and Ned has no choice but to learn how to make his own joy.

Pot-san's Tabletop Tales

Satoshi Kitamura

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!

Comic Adventures of Boots

Satoshi Kitamura

A wonderful collection of comic tales, told in an engaging comic strip format style, about the lovable but dopey cat, Boots.

In The Attic

Hiawyn Oram (and others)

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 . . .

Millie's Marvellous Hat

Satoshi Kitamura

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.

Me and My Cat?

Satoshi Kitamura

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!

Sheep In Wolves' Clothing

Satoshi Kitamura

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.

Angry Arthur

Hiawyn Oram (and others)

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...

When Sheep Cannot Sleep

Satoshi Kitamura

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...

UFO Diary

Satoshi Kitamura

A UFO is lost in space, until it spots a strange, blue planet. Zooming in for a closer look, the UFO discovers a curious creature watching it. The two quickly become friends and explore the earth and heavens together in one unforgettable afternoon.

Pablo the Artist

Satoshi Kitamura

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, The Bird Who Couldn't Sing

Satoshi Kitamura

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.

Once Upon an Ordinary School Day

Colin McNaughton (and others)

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!

Biography

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.