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Shinta Chō

Shinta Chō 長新太

Shinta Chō (1927–2005)  was a native of Tokyo and landed a job at the Tokyo Nichi Nichi newspaper by winning a cartoon contest in 1948. The following year he made his debut as a manga artist, which subsequently led him to leave the newspaper and strike out on his own as a freelance illustrator. In 1959 he won the Bungei Shunju Manga Award for Oshaberi na tamagoyaki (The Talkative Omelet), which also received an honorable mention in the Hans Christian Andersen Awards for 1974. In 1977 he garnered the Kodansha Award for Picture Books for Haru desu yo, Fukurō Obasan (Spring Is Here, Auntie Owl). Among his many other honors are the Japan Picture Book Awards Grand Prize for Kyabetsu-kun (Cabbage Boy) in 1981, for Sakasama raion (Upside-Down Lion) in 1986, and for Naita (I Cried) in 2005, as well as a Japan Picture Book Award for Gomu-atama Pontarō (Rubber-Headed Pontarō) in 1999. In recognition of his body of work as an artist and illustrator, he was decorated with Japan’s Medal with Purple Ribbon in 1994. His tremendous versatility and skill as an artist lent charm to a great many picture books, and his solo works in particular are much loved for their nonsensical fun and highly distinctive linguistic skill.

Books by Shinta Chō
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    Give Me Half

    One hot day Rabbit and Monkey go down to the ocean, taking a watermelon with them. They eat half of it and use the other half as bait for fishing. But the fish aren't biting, so they ask Tortoise to watch their line while they go into the water to cool of …

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    Sit Tight, Rokubei

    Rokubei the dog has fallen into a deep hole. First-grader Eiji and his pals find him and shout reassurances before going to look for their mothers to see if they can get him out; then they sing to Rokubei and blow soap bubbles for him as they try to figur …

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    Fried Elephant Eggs

    A story that first appeared in Boku wa osama (I Am the King) is republished here as a picture book, produced in collaboration with the well-known illustrator Shinta Cho. The king who is fond of sweet and fluffy omelets decides he'd like to celebrate the b …

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    Full Pockets

    The 19 short stories in this volume center mostly on animals. In Poketto kurabe (The Best Pocket), when Wildcat sneaks into a human town to have a look around, he brings back a child's apron to show his animal friends, because he thinks the pocket on it i …

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    Turned into a Balloon

    A busy doctor has an unusual patient come into his office one day: a blue balloon. The balloon explains that it found a marvelous book with instructions on how to shift shape into all sorts of different things, but in the course of trying some of them out …

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    The Easygoing Pig and the Restless Rabbit

    An easygoing pig and a restless, meddlesome rabbit live happily together in a house on the outskirts of Animan, a city where people and animals reside side by side. One morning, Pig is having a pleasant dream about cabbages, his favorite food, when Rabbit …

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    Banpo the Alligator

    As is his custom after a hearty meal, Banpo the alligator is lying in the sun with his mouth open, letting his friend the plover clean his teeth. The warm sunshine feels so good that he soon dozes off. In his dreams, he is startled by a man with a gun com …

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    I Cried

    I cried when I fell down. I cried when I bumped my head. I cried when I had a fight. I cried when I got scolded. I cried when I got lost. I cried when I was so happy to be found again. I cried when my dog died . . . I wonder why grown-ups never seem to cr …

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