A miraculous winter evening at the library
A boy locked in a library on a snowstormy evening experiences the wondrous world of books.
A Child of the Library
Written by Joh Sasaki
Illustrated by Midori Kambara
Music by Toshihiro Takemoto
Produced by Joh’s Picture Book Project
On a winter day with the sky threatening snow, a boy waits for his mother in the library. She has plans and has gone out. Even after darkness falls, she doesn’t come to pick him up. A snowstorm rages outside.
The librarians decide to close the library earlier than usual. They lock up without noticing that the boy is still inside.
The locked-in boy meets a strangely dressed grandpa.
The grandpa opens a book, and they enter a world of wonder.
[Made in Hokkaido: The third e-book project lead by the 142nd Naoki-Award-winning novelist Joh Sasaki]
Lead by Joh Sasaki, a Hokkaido-born novelist who has won some of the most prestigious award for novelists in Japan, those involved in the project came together on the “Joh’s Picture Book Project” to publish illustrated e-books. They are all from Hokkaido.
The current book, A Child of the Library, is the 3rd publication of the project, following The Circus Fire and Haruga-kuru. The highly praised The Circus Fire was the top download at the App Store (Japan) for several weeks. It has been released in Japanese, English, Korean, traditional Chinese and simplified Chinese.
The picture e-book A Child of the Library comes from the collaboration of Joh Sasaki (text), Midori Kambara (illustrations) and Toshiro Takemoto (music). Midori Kambara is a Sapporo-based visual designer and book designer. Toshiro Takemoto is an internationally renowned cellist who actively performs and instructs with Sapporo as his base.
All the other project staff members are from Hokkaido. It’s truly a “made in Hokkaido” publication.