Yoshihiko Funazaki

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Yoshihiko Funazaki

Yoshihiko Funazaki 舟崎克彦

Yoshihiko Funazaki (1945–)  was born in Tokyo. A novelist, poet, and illustrator, he teaches at Shirayuri College, and is known for playful works that blend fantasy with botany. His books for young readers include Koko ni iru (I’m Here), Ame to dōbutsuen (Rainy Zoo), and Gekkō no Kopan (Copan in the Moonlight). He has also written the stories for such picture books as Ano ko ga mieru (I See That Kid; illustrated by Keiko Ajito), Aishiteiru (I Love You; illustrated by Tarō Okamoto), and Mamono no okurimono (The Demon’s Gift; illustrated by Akira Uno).

Books by Yoshihiko Funazaki
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    You are Here

    "I look up, so that I can see you always. Though I cannot see or hear or touch you, I know you are there, at my side, while I am here." The story in this picture book is narrated by a girl who lost someone very special. The monochrome illustrations gently …

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    Crayon Magic

    This invitation to an imaginative world begins with a tempting offer: "If you're feeling bored, shall I let you in on a secret?" First you must find a clean sheet of paper and write the magic nonsense words: "Sand witch." Then you fold the paper into an a …

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    Bulbul the King

    This humorous and charming picture book tells the story of a lion who learns to appreciate the little joys in life. Bulbul the Lion is the king of the grasslands. But as he grows older, he can’t run as fast, see as well, or eat without his false teeth. …

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    Ring around a Hopsie

    A children’s author who wasn’t making progress on his writing in Tokyo has come to a friend’s vacation cabin in the mountains. Unfortunately, the change of scene has failed to clear his writer’s block. Then one day a little girl bunny knocks on hi …

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