With the care and tenderness author Komako Sakai brought to The Snow Day as a writer and illustrator, she captures the depth and range of a child’s emotions in “Mad at Mommy” (Levine Books 2010, Hardcover $16.99).
A tender tribute to a child’s range of emotions and the eternal love of a mother, written with children ages 3 to 7 in mind, the 2009 Kirkus Best Children’s Book and New York Times Best Illustrated Book is a sweet story, full of charming illustrations and spot-on understanding of young children’s thinking.
After young readers discover all the reasons Little Bunny is mad at his mommy – she sleeps too late, doesn’t watch cartoons, and seemingly gets angry for no reason – Little Bunny’s anger ultimately dissipates and learns that mommy always has time for one more hug and one more “I love you.”
Originally a textile designer in Tokyo, Japan, before she began illustrating picture books, Komako has won international art awards, including the Japan Picture Book Prize, a Golden Plaque at the Biennial of Illustrations in Slovakia, and a Silver Griffin in the Netherlands. She lives in Japan.