About The Illustrator: Yukiko Mishima
Yukiko Mishima, formerly of Hiroshima, Japan, was a recent graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City when she created the illustrations for Great-Grandpa Fussy, her first children’s book. She moved back to Japan, where she lived in Tokyo with her husband and her daughter Yukuri, and went on to design greeting cards, calendars, puzzles and her own line of dinner ware. This multi-talented artist died prematurely at the age of 36.
Yukiko wrote about the visit: "If there was a place to call heaven, it was there. For months while working on the book based on the Puckerdoodle family, I imagined what they were actually like. When I finally met them, it was amazing! The Puckerdoodles were so kind to me. They were exactly how I pictured them in my mind. Katie (Toodlebug) took me to the kid's playroom. I almost cried. All the stories told in the book were playing in my head."
She added, "It was very challenging for me to finish a sixty-four page children's book. This many illustrations is a feat in itself especially due to the fact it was my first book."
Her second children's book, Hayaoki No Okurimono (A Present From Early Spring) won the Fine Prize for illustration from the International Institute for Children's Literature in Osaka.
The goal of Yukiko’s charming illustrations was to make people happy and to give them a little moment of rest. She succeeded brilliantly.
Great-Grandpa Fussy and the Little Puckerdoodles
One Last Dance: It's Never Too Late to Fall in Love
Butcher Of Dreams
The Five O’Clock Follies
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