Nontan and "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" Celebrate 40 Years

November 2016

This year is a very special year for two beloved picture book characters: both Nontan, star of the Nontan series, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar* celebrate their 40th birthdays this year! (*It has been forty years since "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" was first published in Japanese) Since first appearing in 1976, Sachiko Kiyono’s Nontan has been enjoyed by countless parents and children – and many of those children have now grown up to be parents who enjoy reading Nontan to their own children. Total sales for the series exceed 30 million copies. "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" has also charmed innumerable young readers – the ninth edition alone has sold 7.5 million copies! A new Nontan adventure has now been released to celebrate forty years of Nontan: "Lalala! Nontan’s on a Picnic!" "The Very Hungry Caterpillar"’s anniversary is being marked, too, with a special 40th Anniversary Limited Edition featuring a special collage booklet. We hope that these delightful books, which have brought so much joy to so many for the last 40 years, will continue to be read and enjoyed for the next 50, 60, 100 years and beyond.

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NEW! Lalala! Nontan’s on a Picnic! The Very Hungry Caterpillar special edition


Immerse Yourself in the Flowing Form and Rhythm of Ryoji Arai’s New Book

November 2016

"A Full Moon in the Sky Tonight" is the new book from author-illustrator Ryoji Arai, who won the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2005. His 2011 publication, "It’s Morning So I’ll Open the Window", took morning as its inspiration. By contrast, this new publication is a celebration of the moon in the night sky. Have you ever felt that sudden glow of joy, when a glance up to the night sky has revealed the moon to be at its fullest? This gorgeous picture book shows us how many people can experience many forms of joy, while all gazing up at the same full moon. This is the perfect book to snuggle up and enjoy, soaking up its warmth and charm under the light of the full moon.

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NEW! A Full Moon in the Sky Tonight It’s Morning So I’ll Open the Window


Little Hogge the Big Star is Back with a Bang

November 2016

Little Hogge, the cuddly toy who’s as cute as he is ugly, has captured the hearts of many readers in his previous outings. Now he’s back in a brand new picture book adventure: "Little Hogge and Licky the Dog". Little Hogge is aghast when his owner Yu, and the rest of her family, take in a new addition to their family unit – cute little Licky the dog. Enraged by his new rival, Little Hogge heads to Licky’s kennel in the middle of the night….but what awaits him there is yet another wham-bam slap-bang messy, muddle-y escapade! New and existing fans alike can’t fail to enjoy this charming new Hogge adventure.

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NEW! Little Hogge and Licky the Dog Little Hogge Little Hogge Gets Lost


Kaisei-sha Returns to Bologna Children’s Book Fair

February 2017

The annual Bologna Children’s Book Fair will be held in Italy from 3 April to 6 April, 2017. As always, Kaisei-sha will be there in our usual spot, A18 in Hall 29. Drop by to see a selection of new publications, long-sellers, and uniquely charming picture books. We look forward to seeing you there.