Illustrators

Iku Dekune

Iku Dekune 出久根育

Iku Dekune  (1969–)  was born in Tokyo and studied printmaking at Musashino Art University. In addition to writing and illustrating children’s books, she is well known as a copperplate artist. She won a place in the 1998 Bologna Children’s Book Fair Illustrators Exhibition with some Brothers Grimm?themed etchings. The following year she exhibited at the Brothers Grimm Museum in Kassel, Germany, and in the years since, she has continued to produce numerous illustrations and covers for publications of the stories collected by the two folklorists. In 2003, she won the Biennial of Illustration Bratislava Grand Prix for Amefurashi (The Sea-Hare), and she took the 2005 Japan Picture Book Award Grand Prize for Māsha to shiroi tori (Marsha and the White Bird), based on a Russian folk tale retold by Mikhail Blatov. In 2011 she received the Sankei Children’s Book Nippon TV Award for Mori no otobukuro (A Bag of Forest Sounds). Among her many other works are Ruchia-san (Lucia) and Watashi-tachi no bōshi (Our Hats), both with stories by Hōko Takadono; Haru-san ga kita (Mr. Spring Has Come); and Gurimu korekushon 3 (Grimm Collection 3). She has made her home in Prague since 2002.

Books by Iku Dekune
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    The Adventures of Anton Berry and His Dragon

    A boy named Anton Berry meets a dragon and decides to take him home. He names the dragon Pooh, and they become fast friends. Pooh is always hungry, and in no time at all eats up all the food in the house. So Anton and Pooh set out on a journey in search o …

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    The Painter

    The job of mixing colors and applying paint to his customers' satisfaction involves hidden subtleties that apprentice painter Shin'ya finds difficult to master. His father was a painter as well, but he left for France before Shin'ya was born, and is now d …

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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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    Lucia

    A woman and her two daughters?Sue, 8, and Lulu, 7?live in the “gloomy house,” a place that got its nickname from the deep shadows cast over it by the dense surrounding growth, as well as from the cheerless expression of the woman herself, whose husban …

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    Our Hats

    During spring break, fourth-grader Saki moves to a building in the city to stay for about a month while her house is being remodeled. It’s an old building with labyrinthine halls suggestive of passages in a deep cavern and an aura of time having left it …

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