Meet the Author of Kamishibai Man: An Evening with Allen Say

October 27, 2005
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Thursday, October 27
6:30 – 8 pm

Author and illustrator Allen Say, a Caldecott Medalist, discusses his most recently published children’s book, Kamishibai Man. Using two very different yet remarkable styles of art, Allen Say tells a tale within a tale, transporting readers seamlessly to the Japan of his memories–a heart-warming story about the kamishibai man who used to ride his bicycle into town where he would tell stories to the children and sell them candy. But fewer kids came running at the sound of his clappers–they were watching their new televisions instead. And when the kamishibai man pedals into town to tell one more story–his own, he finds himself being surrounded by familiar faces–the children he used to entertain have returned, all grown up and more eager than ever to listen to his delightful tales.

Mr. Say published his first book, Dr. Smith’s Safari, in 1972 and has written and illustrated many critically acclaimed books since then, including Grandfather’s Journey (winner of the 1994 Caldecott Medal), The Inn-Keeper’s Apprentice (1979), The Boy of the Three-Year Nap (1988), Tea with Milk (1999) and Music for Alice (2004).

Followed by a booksigning and reception.

Tickets: $10, Japan Society members & teachers $8, students & seniors $5.

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  • Thursday, October 27, 2005
  • 6:30 pm