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Akiko Sueyoshi

Akiko Sueyoshi 末吉暁子

Akiko Sueyoshi (1942–2016)  worked as an editor of juvenile literature for a publishing company before becoming a children’s author in her own right. For a time she served as editor for Satoru Satō, the pioneer of contemporary fantasy in Japan, which may explain her own affinity for his assertion that fantasies must be imagined not as pure flights of fancy but with a great deal of realism. Her stories are constructed with meticulous attention to detail, from the inner lives of the characters to the backdrop against which events take place. Among her many honors are the JAWC New Talent Award and the Japan Juvenile Writers Association New Writer Prize in 1978 for Hoshi ni kaetta shōjo (The Little Girl Who Returned to the Star); the Noma Prize for Children’s Literature in 1986 for Mama no kiiroi kozō (Mama’s Yellow Baby Elephant); and the Shogakukan Children’s Publication Culture Award in 1999 for Amefuribana saita (When the Rainflowers Bloomed). Other prominent works include the Zawazawa mori no Ganko-chan (Rockie from the Rustling Forest) series, the Zokuzoku mura no obake (The Ghosts of Spooky Village) series, and the Yamanba yōkai gakkō (Granny Mountain’s Spook Academy) series. She has also produced a large number of picture books, including the long-selling Mori no Kakurenbō (Mr. Hide ’n’ Seek).

Books by Akiko Sueyoshi
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    The Girl Who Became a Monster

    Michiko loves watching monster shows on TV. When a wizard appears in one of them, she makes a wish to be turned into a monster herself, and lo and behold her wish comes true. But now she'll have to wait until she sees the wizard again in next week's show …

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    Mr. Hide ’n’ Seek

    Keiko and her older brother have been playing in the park, and he says he’ll race her home. As she chases after him, she crawls through a hedge and finds herself at the edge of a large forest she’s never seen before. Everything is bathed in a golden a …

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