Mitsumasa Anno

Mitsumasa Anno 安野光雅

Mitsumasa Anno (1926–)  was born in Shimane Prefecture, and dreamed of becoming an artist from the time he was a young boy. He graduated from Yamaguchi Normal School (now the Faculty of Education at Yamaguchi University) in 1949, and moved to Tokyo to become an art teacher. On the side, he undertook cover designs for books. He made his debut as a picture-book author in 1968 with Fushigi na e (Strange Strange Pictures), a version of which appeared in English in 1970 as Topsy-Turvies: Pictures to Stretch the Imagination. It was the beginning of a highly productive career in which Anno gave his curiosity and imagination free rein and continually delighted readers with his tremendous originality. Rendered in a distinctive, easily recognizable style using muted watercolors, his drawings exude a gentle, inviting aura. Among his numerous domestic and international honors are the Kodansha Award for Picture Books in 1976 for Anno's Counting Book (tr. 1977), a Biennial of Illustration Bratislava Golden Apple in 1977 for A-i-u-e-o no hon (Anno's A-I-U-E-O), and the Horn Book Award in 1978 and a Biennial of Illustration Bratislava Golden Apple in 1979 for Anno's Journey (tr. 1978). In 1984 he received the Hans Christian Andersen Award for his body of work to date. Other well-known titles include Anno's Alphabet, Anno's Math Books, and Upside Down.

Books by Mitsumasa Anno
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    Gulliver’s Travels

    In 1969, Hisashi Inoue and Mitsumasa Anno collaborated on a Japanese picture-book edition of the world classic by Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels. In this reissue of the long out-of-print adaptation, the text by Inoue remains the same, but Anno has p …