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Tatsuya Miyanishi

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!).

Books by Tatsuya Miyanishi
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    Oh, Yummy!

    Long, long ago, as a volcano erupts with a great roar and the ground below quakes, a baby ankylosaur hatches from his egg. As the little ankylosaur begins wandering about all by himself, a big, bruising tyrannosaur comes along. "Oh, yummy! Eh heh heh heh …

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    Squeak Squeak

    This is a sequel to the book Nyago (Meowga), which offers a humorous and thrill-filled take on the eternal theme of cat and mouse. Nyago is a story of mice who don’t know about cats, while this tale is of a cat who doesn’t know about mice. One day th …

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    Meowga

    This tremendously popular tale offers a humorous and thrill-filled take on the eternal theme of cat and mouse. At mouse school, the teacher draws the face of a cat on the board and cautions her little mice pupils about how dangerous cats are, but three o …

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    What's Wrong, Pig?

    Pig is in tears, so his animal friends ask him what's wrong. He explains between sobs, "My dad spanked me because I was fighting over a toy robot with my little brother." So Leopard says, "My dad can be scary when he gets mad too, but he is strong, and it …

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    Tomorrow I’ll . . .

    I love hamburgers, but I can’t stand peppers or carrots. Tomorrow, though . . . maybe I’ll have no trouble at all gobbling up my vegetables. And I’m afraid of dogs?even a tiny puppy makes me cringe. Tomorrow, though . . . maybe I’ll be able to go …

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    Da-da-da-da Daddyman

    The little boy who narrates this story in the first person idolizes Daddyman, the defender of justice. Daddyman is strong and cool and can defeat any monster. By comparison, Papa is definitely not cool, wearing holey socks and given to scratching his butt …

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    Muddy Mudinsky and Springwater Boy

    Born in a dirty, garbage-choked river, the mud sprite Muddy Mudinsky loves playing pranks and being mean. He is constantly needling and bullying the other sprites. One day, a water sprite is born in a pristine, spring-fed stream next to Mt. Fuji. Springwa …

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    Pen and Guin Go Fishing for Something Big

    The penguins Pen and Guin are the best of buddies. One day they decide to go fishing. “Wouldn’t it be great if we caught something really big?” they say. They dangle their lines through a hole in the ice, and soon Pen’s fishing rod starts bobbing …

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    Tiger Cat and Black Cat

    Tama the tiger cat and Bruce the black cat find a juicy peach lying on the ground, and promptly start fighting over who saw it first. An initial exchange of threats pitting one’s sharp teeth against the other’s sharp claws turns into a boasting match …

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    It’s My Lucky Day!

    Wol the wolf is walking through the woods when he comes upon a whole bunch of piglets taking a nap?so many of them that he gives up counting. “It’s my lucky day!” he howls in delight. Since he obviously can’t eat them all by himself, he decides he …

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    Stretchy Wolf

    Wolf is ambling along when he sees an apple hanging from a tree, seemingly well out of reach. Too bad, you think, but just then, bwannng, Wolf’s arm stretches all the way across the page to grab the apple. Next he sees a bunch of bananas hanging from a …

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    Wolf Mimic

    Wolf loves to mimic other animals. He sees a turtle and improvises a rounded shell on his back; he sees a bat and dangles curtains from his arms for wings; sees a panda and marks himself with white paint to match its markings. Next he disguises himself as …

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