Illustrators

Ryōji Arai

Ryōji Arai 荒井良二

Ryōji Arai (1956–)  was born in Yamagata Prefecture and graduated from Nihon University with a degree in art. He took the Japanese picture-book world by storm during the 1990s. He received the Shogakukan Children’s Publication Culture Award in 1997 for Usotsuki no tsuki (The Lying Moon; story by Rintarō Uchida), and the Kodansha Award for Picture Books in 2000 for Mori no ehon (The Forest Book; story by Hiroshi Nagata). His other titles include Hajimari hajimari (The Curtain Goes Up), Susu to Neruneru (Snoozy and Sleepyhead), Sonotsumori (The Great Idea Woods), and the Supponpon no Suke (The Adventures of a Naked Boy) series. In 2005 he was awarded the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, an international children’s and YA literary prize founded by the Swedish government.
blog.ryoji-arai.com

Books by Ryōji Arai
  • Book

    The Adventures of a Naked Boy

    Fresh out of the bath, our familiar birthday-suited hero Supponpon no Suke makes his appearance. He bravely races to the rescue of Mii-chan the cat, who's been kit-napped by a nefarious band of ninjas. Never fear, Suppopon no Suke is here! When naked, th …

    Details
  • Book

    What Happened? What’s Wrong?

    This is the story of Zen, a third grader who never stops asking Dōshita??a versatile question with many meanings dependent on context: What’s up? What happened? What’s the problem? What did you do? How do you feel? So what? Now what? And so forth. Wh …

    Details