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Noboru Baba

Noboru Baba 馬場のぼる

Noboru Baba  (1927–2001)  was born in Aomori Prefecture. In 1949 he moved to Tokyo to begin a career as a manga artist, soon making a name for himself drawing manga for young boys. His debut as a picture-book illustrator came in 1964, when he won a Sankei Children’s Book Award for Kitsune-mori no yamaotoko (Mountain Man of Fox Wood). He received another Sankei Children’s Book Award in 1968 for Eleven Hungry Cats (tr. 1988), and the Bungeishunjū Manga Award in 1973 for Eleven Cats and Albatrosses (tr. 1988). His foldout book in the same series, Jūippiki no neko marason taikai (Eleven Cats Run the Marathon), won a kids’-choice award at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in 1985. Other titles include Kuma no Māsuke (Māsuke the Bear), Māsuke no bōshi (Māsuke’s Hat), Monta to inoshishi (Monta and the Boar), and Tarafuku Manma (Belly Full).

Books by Noboru Baba
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    Eleven Hungry Cats

    Author Noboru Baba introduces eleven hungry stray cats and one giant fish in this highly imaginative and tremendously funny picture book. The strays find a small fish, but once it's divided up they each get barely a bite. A granddaddy cat with long whiske …

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    Māsuke the Bear

    When Māsuke the Bear comes out of the woods to play in the open fields one day, a balloon comes wafting by on the breeze. He runs in the direction it’s headed in an effort to catch it, only to trip over a stump at the last moment and lose it. When he l …

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    Māsuke’s Hat

    This is a sequel to Kuma no Māsuke (Māsuke the Bear), which introduced the easygoing but determined Māsuke and his animal friends. Māsuke the Bear is trying to learn to ride his bike in the small clearing in front of his house in the forest. Mother B …

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