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Author/Illustrator’s First Book Wins Accolades


The first time a book is published is exciting for any author. Now imagine that first published book receiving praise from review big-wigs such as the New York Times.

This is exactly what happened to Kazuno Kohara, whose book we have featured on the AbeBooks.com homepage in the “Best Illustrated Books of 2008″ carousel.

Kohara graduated from the MA in Children’s Book Illustration program at the Cambridge School of Art in 2007 and had her first book published in August of this year in the US and October in the UK.

The book titled Ghosts in the House! in North America and The Haunted House in the UK, caught the attention of the panel of judges selecting the New York Times Best Illustrated Books of 2008.

New York Times Book Review Editor Gregory Cowles says of the book:

…sweet and beautiful…(Ghosts in the House!) provides a welcome timeout: its simple linocut illustrations are limited to three candy-corn colours, orange and black and white, and it is so insistently un-ironic that it ends, sincerely, with the words “And they all lived happily ever after.”…the story manages a gentle charm.

Described as “JUST THE RIGHT MIX OF SWEET AND SCARY for the youngest trick-or-treaters“, the book tells a tale of  the resourcefulness of a little girl and a witch who after putting ghosts through the washing machine, turn them into useful things such as table cloths, sofa covers and bed linens.

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