Books by Jun Takabatake

Released: April 1, 2017

"This is a rare book: joyful, ingenuous, playfully earnest, but without a whiff of studied cuteness. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
Giraffe, bored and looking for a friend, becomes pen pals with Penguin in this illustrated chapter book. Read full book review >
WHO'S NEXT DOOR? by Mayuko Kishira
Released: Aug. 15, 2014

"Chicken and Owl's solution is ingenious and makes one wonder where the word 'birdbrain' ever came from. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A simple comedy of errors takes place when a chicken and an owl find their waking hours at odds. Read full book review >
RUB-A-DUB-DUB, WHO'S IN THE TUB? by Jun Takabatake
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"The illustrations—delicate pen lines outlining simple forms in flat color, featuring the big pink tub on a field of yellow and gold—are quietly comic and handsomely designed. (Picture book. 2-6)"
The first book to be published here by a winner of the Bologna Graphics Prize is an entertaining cumulative bathtime romp—Japanese-style. ``Rub-a-dub-dub''—a naked little boy scrubs a mound of suds on a broad floor, then rinses it under a free-standing shower to reveal an alligator. Read full book review >