Takako Hirai

Takako Hirai ひらいたかこ

Takako Hirai (1954–)  graduated from Musashino Art University and works as both an illustrator and a picture-book author. She made her publishing debut in 1980 with the picture book Aru asa Jiji Jan Bō wa ottamageta!? (Flabbergasted One Morning). Her other picture book titles include Mahō tsukai no Nana bāsan (Nana the Sorceress), and Obake sukūru ichinensei (In First Grade at Ghost School). She provided the illustrations for the Obake bijutsukan (Ghost Art Museum) series, and being a big fan of mysteries, she has designed the covers for numerous mystery paperbacks. Besides books, she applies her creative talents to commercial illustration, licensed-character merchandising, calendars, CD jackets, and so forth.

Books by Takako Hirai