Tatsuya Miyanishi 宮西達也
Tatsuya Miyanishi (1956–) graduated from the Nihon University College of Art, and worked as a doll artist and graphic designer before becoming a picture-book author. His works for children include storybooks as well as?kamishibai picture-panel stories, and he is also active as an essayist. His distinctive use of bright colors and endearingly drawn characters, together with his signature themes of friendship and family love, have earned him a passionate fan base. A series with 13 titles to date featuring a tyrannosaur?has been particularly popular. He won the 1999 Kodansha Award for Picture Books for Kyō wa nante un ga iin darō?(It’s My Lucky Day!), the 2007 Japan Picture Book Awards Readers’ Prize for Fushigi na kyandīya-san (The Marvelous Candy Store), and the 2010 Kenbuchi Picture Book Grand Prize for Chū-chū (Squeak Squeak). His other works include Oppai (Breasts), Nyāgo (Meowga), Otōsan wa Urutoraman (My Daddy Is Ultraman), and Omae, umasō da na (Oh, Yummy!).