Books by Atsuko Morozumi

Released: May 9, 2009

Vibrant, textured illustrations of anthropomorphized animals in cozy landscapes tell five simple, tabbed stories about everyday themes—home, friendship and helping. Some illustrations are full-page, some have a border, others contain significant amounts of white space. One section is "picture stories," with no words. After identifying the characters presented in the margin, readers can seek-and-find, creating a simple story in more-or-less familiar settings (park, hospital, street, harbor). The concepts are understandable to preschool readers, but older siblings could delve deeper into the stories. The tabs, coded with iconic pictures, will prove useful in finding a favorite or specific story for the night. All of the stories resolve in a peaceful solution for the characters and a goodnight ending for the child. (Picture book. 2-5) Read full book review >
MY FRIEND GORILLA by Atsuko Morozumi
Released: March 16, 1998

In a follow-up to the counting book One Gorilla (1990), Morozumi's latest gorilla escapade is a child's fantasy come true. When the zoo closes down, the young boy in the story gains a primate pal when his zookeeper dad brings the gorilla home. A better companion couldn't be found; this gorilla takes his human buddy for treetop adventures, pushes him on his bike, and has excellent table manners. Eventually, the zookeeper arranges for the gorilla to return to his real home in Africa. For a while, the little boy pines, until he receives a picture of his pal, happily situated in greener jungle pastures, now a part of a gorilla family. Morozumi's illustrations are lush as ever, and the book is oversized, allowing for lots of details for kids to discover, e.g., the price of bananas or the gorilla's favorite picture book (no surpriseit's Morozumi's previous book). At their best, these illustrations are just big and real enough for kids to easily imagine having a gorilla as a best friend. (Picture book. 3-5) Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

A charming story explaining how Santa got his sleigh (his elves made it when delivering presents on foot became overwhelming) and why reindeer pull it (because Santa once used his sleigh to rescue an injured reindeer), graced by both pathos and humor (a succession of unsuitable animals apply for the job of sleigh- pulling: e.g., an elephant—too heavy; a team of huskies—afraid of heights). Watercolors in a palette of antique red, forest green, and rich browns are brimming with busy elves, appealing animals, and old-fashioned toys (unfortunately, important elements of a few spreads are lost in the gutter). A satisfyingly large, handsome addition to the Christmas shelf. (Picture book. 3-8) Read full book review >