Wakiko Satō さとうわきこ
Wakiko Satō (1937–) , a native of Tokyo, has many picture books to her credit. Grandma Baba’s Busy Night!, Grandma Baba’s Magic Watermelon!, and Grandma Baba Wants Sunshine! form part of the Grandma Baba series, for which she created both the text and the illustrations. Other illustrated works include Sentaku kāchan (Washing-Crazy Ma), O-tsukai (The Errand), and Rusuban (What If There May Be Phantoms in My House?). She is director of the Little Museum in a Village of Picture Books in Nagano Prefecture and has done much to promote picture-book art, both domestic and foreign, in Japan. Many of her children’s tales are based on her own childhood experiences, dealing with everyday events and illustrated with bright, easily understandable pictures. Her stories always have a solid core characterized by skillful plot development leading to happy endings, attributes that have won her a following among readers of all ages.