What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Komako Sakai

h1 March 24th, 2017 by jules

“When she held the kitten, its tummy moved in and out and it purred deep in its throat. ‘Even though it’s so tiny,’ Hina said, ‘it’s alive.’ The kitten gave a little mew,
as if saying goodbye to its mother.”
— From Lee’s
The Lost Kitten, illustrated by Komako Sakai
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— From Kimiko Aman’s The Fox Wish,
illustrated by Komako Sakai


This morning over at Kirkus, I’ve got the ladies on the mind. That is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about two new illustrated books from Komako Sakai — Kimiko Aman’s The Fox Wish (Chronicle, March 2017) and Lee’s The Lost Kitten (Gecko, April 2017). I’m following up today with art from each book.



From The Fox Wish:


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“‘Your name is Roxie?’ I asked. …”
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From The Lost Kitten:


“When Hina and her mother opened the door, there was a skinny, scruffy kitten. …”
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“‘Can I touch it?’ ‘Yes. Gently though.'”
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“Hina brought it inside. It looked around and sniffed. Hina’s mother gave it some milk. The kitten lapped it up with its little tongue.”
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“While she was gone, Hina thought up names for the kitten. …”
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THE FOX WISH. Originally published in Japan in 2003 by POPLAR Publishing Co., Ltd., Tokyo. Text copyright © 2003 by Kimiko Aman. Illustrations copyright © 2003 by Komako Sakai. Illustrations reproduced by the publisher of the English edition, Chronicle Books, San Francisco.

THE LOST KITTEN. Original edition published in Japan by Bronze Publishing, Inc., Tokyo, © 2015 LEE, Komako Sakai. English language edition © Gecko Press Ltd 2017. Illustrations reproduced by permission of Gecko Press.

2 comments to “What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Komako Sakai”

  1. Oh, these illustrations are so pretty!

  2. Joy and tears. That’s what Komako Sakai’s work brings. There is a spiritual element to her work. It goes right through me. Love her books! Thank you for this post!

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