Satoshi Kitamura is a renowned children’s book author and illustrator, famous for quirky perspectives, brilliant watercolour, attention to detail and unique characters. After winning the Mother Goose Award for the Most Exciting Newcomer to British Illustration in 1983 for Angry Arthur (written by Hiawyn Oram), he moved permanently from Japan to live in London. His work is well known for regularly including animals or animal characters, most frequently cats. Amongst his many awards is the New York Times Notable Book of the Year for When Sheep Cannot Sleep. Apart from writing and illustrating children’s books, Satoshi has been commissioned for various projects including Tokyo Underground posters, signage at Birmingham Children’s Hospital and designing stationary. His books for Walker include the recently published The Carnival of the Animals inspired by Camille Saint-Saens’s famous Carnival of the Animals, one of the most famous pieces of classical music written for children.