Shinsuke Yoshitake

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Shinsuke Yoshitake

Shinsuke Yoshitake ヨシタケシンスケ

Shinsuke Yoshitake (1973–)  was born in Kanagawa Prefecture. He completed a graduate degree in plastic arts and mixed media at the University of Tsukuba. In addition to working as a commercial artist and producing sculptures and other art projects on commission, he has published books of sketches, including Shikamo futa ga nai (And There’s No Lid) and Ja kimi ga suki (In That Case, I Like You). His first solo picture book, 2013’s Ringo kamo shirenai (tr. It Might Be an Apple), is a plotless collection of fancies triggered by an ordinary apple; the work struck a chord and has been translated into several languages. He has followed with Boku no nisemono tsukuru ni wa (tr. Can I Build Another Me?) and Kono ato dō shichaō? (tr. What Happens Next?) in a series of what have come to be known as “concept picture books.” His sketches have won a following for the way they capture slices of life with an exquisite eye for detail.

Books by Shinsuke Yoshitake
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    The Do-You-Have Bookstore

    Ask the owner of the Do-You-Have Bookstore out on the edge of town, “Do you have a book about such-and-such?” and he will almost invariably reply, “Yes!” before ducking into the shelves to fetch it. Every day, book lovers come into this fictiona …

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    It Might Be an Apple

    A boy comes home from school to find a bright red apple sitting on the table, and it sets his imagination going: Maybe it’s not actually an apple at all. Maybe it’s a giant cherry. Maybe it’s actually an orange on the other side where I can’t see. …

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    I Have a Reason

    The popular author of Ringo kamo shirenai (It Might Be an Apple) here takes up the subject of undesirable habits—picking one’s nose, biting one’s nails, jiggling one’s knee, and the like. A …

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    I Have a Complaint

    This is the eagerly anticipated follow-up to author Shinsuke Yoshitake’s wacky Riyū ga arimasu (I Have a Reason), in which the child justifies his nose-picking, nail-biting, and other bad habits by c …

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