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House of Anansi Press

Tokyo Digs a Garden
By (author): Jon-Erik Lappano Illustrated by: Kellen Hatanaka
9781554987986 Hardcover, Paper over boards English Juvenile: Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from PK - 3, Reading age from 3 - 7 JUVENILE FICTION / Science & Nature / Environment Mar 01, 2016
$18.95 CAD
Active 8.38 x 11 in | 1 lb 32 pages Full-color throughout Groundwood Books Ltd Groundwood Books
TD Summer Reading Club Top Recommended Reads 2016, Commended Governor General's Literary Award, Young People's Literature – Illustrated Books 2016, Winner Toronto Public Library's First and Best List 2016, Commended CCBC Best Books for Children and Teens, starred selection 2016, Commended CBC Best Books of 2016 2016, Commended Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award 2016, Short-listed Green Earth Book Award 2017, Long-listed TD Canadian Children's Literature Award 2017, Short-listed Sakura Award 2017, Short-listed
Winner of the 2016 Governor General's Literary Award for Young People's Literature — Illustrated Books

Tokyo lives in a small house between giant buildings with his family and his cat, Kevin. For years, highways and skyscrapers have been built up around the family’s house where once there were hills and trees. Will they ever experience the natural world again?

One day, an old woman offers Tokyo seeds, telling him they will grow into whatever he wishes. Tokyo and his grandfather are astonished when the seeds grow into a forest so lush that it takes over the entire city overnight. Soon the whole city has gone wild, with animals roaming where cars once drove. But is this a problem to be surmounted, or a new way of living to be embraced?

With Tokyo Digs a Garden, Jon-Erik Lappano and Kellen Hatanaka have created a thoughtful and inspiring fable of environmentalism and imagination.

Jon-Erik Lappano is a person who stays up too late working on curious things, including writing books for children. His debut picture book, Tokyo Digs a Garden, was the winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award. Maggie’s Treasure, his second picture book, was inspired by his daughters’ impressive ability to spot treasure. Jon-Erik lives in Stratford, Ontario, with his wife, three daughters, and a growing collection of things that glitter.

Kellen Hatanaka is a designer and illustrator who lives in Stratford, Ontario, with his family. He has written and illustrated Work: An Occupational ABC (an ALA Notable Children’s Book) and Drive: A Look at Roadside Opposites. He also illustrated Tokyo Digs a Garden, winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award.

. . . a thing of beauty. - The New York Times

...fantastic...Highly recommended - Andrew Kaufman, Globe and Mail

The text is neither too simple nor too complex but just what is needed to relate this imaginative tale of environmentalism. - School Library Journal, review

A challenging 21st-century fable sure to spark discussions. - Kirkus Reviews

TOKYO DIGS A GARDEN will resonate with many urban children and their parents who may seek the rural outdoors whenever possible. - CM Magazine

In this haunting modern-day fairy tale from newcomer Lappano, nature, long pushed out of a city, pushes back. - Publishers Weekly

The resulting absolutely delightful sustainability-manifesto is made even more stupendous with Hatanaka’s witty, entertaining, sly illustrations . . . - BookDragon

Kids of all ages will respond to the deep messages embedded in the fertile soil of Tokyo Digs A Garden. - Midwest Book Review


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