Kanako Usui - Hachette Children's Group

Kanako Usui



I was born in Japan in 1978. As a child, I loved doodling on every piece of paper I could find at home. I would draw on the back of flyers, school notebooks and even receipts! I also enjoyed knitting and sewing stuffed characters of my own. My interest in picture books was developed in an after-school book making club. I wrote, illustrated and bound my first original book when I was 10. I found it really fun to share my stories with my classmates.

When it came for me to step out into the world, I decided that I wanted to pursue my love of drawing in a different country, so I chose the UK. I studied illustration and animation at Kingston University. It was great to make friends with people from all over the world and share new stories. After publishing several books in the UK, I moved back to Japan in 2008. Now, I work with both domestic and international publishers. I love visiting bookshops and libraries for book reading events. Meeting kids and seeing their reactions to my books are some of my absolute favourite things to do.

Books currently available by this author

Date published: New > Old

Hodder Children's Books

The Big Jungle Mix-Up

Gareth Edwards, Kanako Usui
Contributors:
Gareth Edwards, Kanako Usui

An hilarious split-page rhyming story introducing young children to rhinos, monkeys, leopards and more! A follow-up to The Big Animal Mix-up.Little Bear's dad tries to teach him all the jungle animals he ought to know, but the problem is they are a little mixed up! What would happen if a monkey was mixed up with a parrot? Would it have feathers? Would you teach it to speak? Turn the page and discover the rib tickling results!'A book to treasure and return to...' Books for Keeps'An instant classic.' Ben Miller, comedian and dad'...utterly charming and brightly illustrated...' The Bookbag

Hodder Children's Books

The Big Animal Mix-up

Gareth Edwards, Kanako Usui
Contributors:
Gareth Edwards, Kanako Usui

Little Bear's dad tries to teach him all the animals he ought to know, but the problem is they are a little mixed up!What would happen if a bird was mixed up with a cat? Would it purr? Would it have fur?What would happen if a cat was mixed up with a bird? Would it fly in air? Would it have feathers not hair?Turn the page and discover the hilarious results in this fantastic rhyming story.