Born in Yokohama, Yuki Ainoya studied Japanese painting at the Tama Art University Faculty of Art and Design. She was the winner of the the Crayon House Children's Book Grand Prize in 1990 and the 12th Japanese Children's Book Award in 2007 for the original Japanese edition of Sato the Rabbit (Shogakukan). In her spare time, she likes playing the accordion and hula dancing.
A Seattle native with a life-long connection to Japan, Michael Blaskowsky spent seven years living on the Japanese island of Hokkaido after graduating from Eastern Washington University. His translations cover a wide range of topics, with a focus on literature, the arts, gaming, and the sciences.
A 2021 Horn Book Fanfare Best Book of 2021 "In a set of
seven small vignettes that span the seasons, Sato's daily
activities - watering the garden, doing the laundry, splashing in
puddles - turn into magic. Cracking open a walnut reveals an
inviting miniature world. Eating a watermelon turns into a
seafaring adventure. ("Nothing compares to eating watermelon on the
sea.") Observing a meteor shower leads to a star-collection
mission. Paintings in a naive style burst with saturated color -
watermelon red, night-sky blue, spring chartreuse. For fans of
Doi's Chirri & Chirra books, this import provides another cozy
glimpse into mystery, independence, and imaginative play. "
-STARRED REVIEW, The Horn Book
A 100 Scope Notes Most Astonishingly Unconventional Book of 2021"Enchanted Lion is a publisher who appreciates the unconventional side of children's literature, and Japanese import Sato the Rabbit is a perfect example of this. Just your average, everyday story about a boy who has decided to be a rabbit and his whimsically surreal life and adventures." -Travis Jonker, 100 Scope Notes (A School Library Journal blog)
A 2022 Mildred L. Batchelder Honor Book"In seven short imaginative tales, Sato's imagination transforms the details of ordinary life into fanciful antics that embrace and enhance the natural world." -American Library Association"Gentle lighthearted humor throughout the text delights the reader and endears them to the imaginative and ingenious Sato." -Dr. Marie A. Lejeune, 2022 Batchelder Chair