About this book
Tokyo Digs a Garden
Jon-Erik Lappano • Kellen Hatanaka
Winner of the 2016 Governor General's Literary Award for Young People's Literature — Illustrated Books
Tokyo lives in a small house between giant buildings with his family and his cat, Kevin. For years, highways and skyscrapers have been built up around the family’s house where once there were hills and trees. Will they ever experience the natural world again?
One day, an old woman offers Tokyo seeds, telling him they will grow into whatever he wishes. Tokyo and his grandfather are astonished when the seeds grow into a forest so lush that it takes over the entire city overnight. Soon the whole city has gone wild, with animals roaming where cars once drove. But is this a problem to be surmounted, or a new way of living to be embraced?
With Tokyo Digs a Garden, Jon-Erik Lappano and Kellen Hatanaka have created a thoughtful and inspiring fable of environmentalism and imagination.
About the Creators
Jon-Erik Lappano is a person who stays up too late working on curious things, including writing books for children. His debut picture book, Tokyo Digs a Garden, was the winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award. Maggie’s Treasure, his second picture book, was inspired by his daughters’ impressive ability to spot treasure. Jon-Erik lives in Stratford, Ontario, with his wife, three daughters, and a growing collection of things that glitter.
Kellen Hatanaka is a designer and illustrator who lives in Stratford, Ontario, with his family. He has written and illustrated Work: An Occupational ABC (an ALA Notable Children’s Book) and Drive: A Look at Roadside Opposites. He also illustrated Tokyo Digs a Garden, winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award.
Awards and Praise
- Commended CBC Best Books of 2016, 2016
- Winner Governor General's Literary Award, Young People's Literature – Illustrated Books, 2016
- Commended Toronto Public Library's First and Best List, 2016
- Short-listed TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, 2017
- Short-listed Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award, 2016
- Short-listed Sakura Award, 2017
- Long-listed Green Earth Book Award, 2017
- Commended CCBC Best Books for Children and Teens, starred selection, 2016
- Commended TD Summer Reading Club Top Recommended Reads, 2016