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Shinta Chō

Shinta Chō 長新太

Shinta Chō (1927–2005)  was a native of Tokyo and landed a job at the Tokyo Nichi Nichi newspaper by winning a cartoon contest in 1948. The following year he made his debut as a manga artist, which subsequently led him to leave the newspaper and strike out on his own as a freelance illustrator. In 1959 he won the Bungei Shunju Manga Award for Oshaberi na tamagoyaki (The Talkative Omelet), which also received an honorable mention in the Hans Christian Andersen Awards for 1974. In 1977 he garnered the Kodansha Award for Picture Books for Haru desu yo, Fukurō Obasan (Spring Is Here, Auntie Owl). Among his many other honors are the Japan Picture Book Awards Grand Prize for Kyabetsu-kun (Cabbage Boy) in 1981, for Sakasama raion (Upside-Down Lion) in 1986, and for Naita (I Cried) in 2005, as well as a Japan Picture Book Award for Gomu-atama Pontarō (Rubber-Headed Pontarō) in 1999. In recognition of his body of work as an artist and illustrator, he was decorated with Japan’s Medal with Purple Ribbon in 1994. His tremendous versatility and skill as an artist lent charm to a great many picture books, and his solo works in particular are much loved for their nonsensical fun and highly distinctive linguistic skill.

Books by Shinta Chō
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    Umph-a-Lumph, Meow

    Mom's away, so Dad's getting set to fry some eggs for breakfast. But when he goes to the refrigerator, he takes out the two wooden building blocks I put in there as a joke. Unfortunately, his bad eyesight keeps him from realizing this, and he drops the bl …

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    Chorus of Winter Buds

    This work features 24 close-up shots of tree buds in the winter, with catchy commentary by acclaimed picture-book author Shinta Cho. Trips to the park in winter will never be the same once children have been introduced to this book; few will be able to re …

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    The Easygoing Aquarium

    This volume contains ten nonsensical short stories and seven short manga about the events that follow when a host of sea creatures leave their aquarium to visit the world of people outside. The stories are chock full of quirky fun: a flounder goes to watc …

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    The Cats and Their Flying Machine

    Floating on the surface of the ocean is a plane that looks like a flying fish. Two rubber rafts filled with cats row up to the plane and climb aboard. With a gorogoro nyan, gorogoro nyan (roughly, "rumble-rumble meow, rumble-rumble meow"), the plane takes …

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    Up! Up!

    Babies and toddlers love being picked up and held, and they know just how to let you know when they want "Up!" With bright-colored artwork and simple, rhythmical text, veteran children’s book author Shinta Cho has created a humorous and heartwarming pic …

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    Rolling Kittens

    Something round and fuzzy?is it a toy? a ball of yarn??comes bowling along. It rolls right up onto the back of a large cat. As it advances, ears pop out, and then a face, followed by a single meow. Lo and behold, the fuzzy little ball is a kitten. Then co …

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    A Worm Named Buddy

    A worm named Buddy goes for a stroll. Suddenly there's a big boom, and something sticky and gooey comes falling from above. There's been an explosion at a factory that makes house paints! Cascading streams of color pour from the factory's windows. A secon …

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    Chomp!

    A dog is walking along the edge of a pond when a great big fish leaps out of the water and?chomp!?latches onto the pooch’s hind end with its mouth. In an effort to escape using his unfettered front legs, the dog drags the fish out of the water and along …

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