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Tarō Gomi

Tarō Gomi 五味太郎

Tarō Gomi (1945–)  was born in Tokyo. After graduating from design school, he did stints as both an industrial and an editorial designer before becoming a picture-book author. He has produced some 450 titles, over 50 of which have been translated in a dozen or so different countries. He also writes essays and lyrics for children’s songs, and has designed characters for wrapping paper and commercials. In 1978 he received the Sankei Children’s Book Award for Kakushita no dare (Who Hid It?) and Tabeta no dare (Who Ate It?), and his drawings for Spring Is Here (Chronicle Books, 1999) won the Graphic Prize at the 1989 Bologna Children’s Book Fair.
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Books by Tarō Gomi
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    Where's the Fish?

    "The goldfish is gone. Where did it go?" A goldfish has escaped from its bowl and is hiding in the pattern on the curtains, in a flower pot, in the strawberries, in a candy jar . . . This nonsense story presents young readers with a finding game?a picture …

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    Everyone Eats and . . .

    From start to finish, this book is all about pooping?a topic dear to children's hearts, and one that makes their eyes shine with delight when talk turns to it. The book opens with, "An elephant makes a big poop. A mouse makes a tiny poop." It proceeds to …

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    The World Is Full of Curious Things

    "Nobody else seems to notice them. But I did." In the town, the fields, the streets, the baseball park―seemingly peaceful, uneventful places―stories are waiting to be discovered that stimulate the imagination and may even signal danger. Some of the wi …

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    There

    A first book for babies by world-renowned picture-book author Taro Gomi. Could they be eyes, or maybe tadpoles, or . . . ? Soft in color and abstract in shape, the quaint forms appearing on these pages (alone, or in twos, or sometimes in a bunch) come an …

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    Let’s Walk

    Detach the boy and girl dolls from the cover and hold them by their sticks to have them walk across the pages as you make up your own stories to go along. The scenes show a green pasture, a field of grass, a bridge, and so on, each with animal friends to …

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    I Was Just Minding My Own Business, When . . .

    A boy is just minding his own business, not doing anything in particular, when a patch of green grass sprouts on his head. This is followed by a brick wall, a surge of waves, a ship, cooked noodles, and even Mount Fuji!?one nonsensical thing following the …

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