Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimizu

Award winning Japanese illustrator based in New York City and instructor at School of Visual Arts.

new kids book The Cat Man of Aleppo just announced

The final spreads for my upcoming kids book The Cat Man of Aleppo (written by Irene Latham and Karim Shamsi-Basha, Penguin Putnam) was just approved yesterday. Exactly one year ago, I started the project by picking up a book about Syria so I can start learning about a country and the war I didn’t know much at all about.
Since then, I’ve read 15+ books, watched 2 full length documentary films, talked to multiple journalists, hours and hours spent on internet, and then, finally months and months of drawing non-stop later…, the book is officially completed, and ready to go to the printer.
Then I went home to a package with almost finalized color proof! A fantastic end of the day.
Here is the official sneak peek.
You can place pre-orders via Amazon, BookDepository.com (UK based and ships free or with low fee worldwide), from the publisher, and of course at your local independent bookstores.
Publishing is scheduled for April 14, 2020.