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Allen Say was born in 1937 in Yokohama, Japan and grew up during the war, attending seven different primary schools amidst the ravages of falling bombs. His parents divorced in the wake of the end of the war and he moved in with his maternal grandmother, with whom he did not get along with. She eventually let him move into a one room apartment, and Say began to make his dream of being a cartoonist a reality. He was twelve years old. Say sought out his favorite cartoonist, Noro Shinpei, and begged him to take him on as an apprentice. He spent four years with Shinpei, but at the age of 16 moved to the United States with his father. Say was sent to a military school in Southern California but then expelled a year later. He struck out to see California with a suitcase and twenty dollars. He moved from job to job, city to city, school to school, painting along the way, and finally settled on advertising photography and prospered. Say's first children's book was done in his photo studio, between shooting assignments. It was called "The Ink-Keeper's Apprentice" and was the story of his life with Noro Shinpei. After this, he began to illustrate his own picture books, with writing and illustrating becoming a sort of hobby. While illustrating "The Boy of the Three-year Nap" though, Say suddenly remembered the intense joy I knew as a boy in my master's studio and decided to pursue writing and illustrating full time. Say began publishing books for children in 1968. His early work, consisting mainly of pen-and-ink illustrations for Japanese folktales, was generally well received; however, true success came in 1982 with the publication of The Bicycle Man, based on an incident in Say's life. "The Boy of the Three-Year Nap" published in 1988, and written by Dianne Snyder, was selected as a 1989 Caldecott Honor Book and winner of The Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for best picture book. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Grandfather's Journey 2,673 copies, 243 reviews
Tea with Milk 571 copies, 52 reviews
The Bicycle Man 541 copies, 25 reviews
Tree of Cranes 530 copies, 44 reviews
Drawing From Memory 467 copies, 49 reviews
The Lost Lake 434 copies, 16 reviews
Emma's Rug 330 copies, 24 reviews
Kamishibai Man 273 copies, 15 reviews
El Chino 223 copies, 5 reviews
A River Dream 217 copies, 22 reviews
Allison 156 copies, 16 reviews
The Sign Painter 151 copies, 17 reviews
The Favorite Daughter 127 copies, 16 reviews
Erika-San 124 copies, 19 reviews
Silent Days, Silent Dreams 124 copies, 9 reviews
Music for Alice 115 copies, 19 reviews
The Ink-Keeper's Apprentice 114 copies, 1 review
Stranger in the Mirror 114 copies, 10 reviews
Home of the Brave 105 copies, 14 reviews
The Boy in the Garden 100 copies, 12 reviews
The Inker's Shadow 50 copies, 1 review
Almond 11 copies, 2 reviews
How My Parents Learned to Eat (Illustrator) 850 copies, 39 reviews
The Big Book for Peace (Illustrator) 736 copies, 15 reviews
The Boy of the Three-Year Nap (Illustrator) 679 copies, 31 reviews
Magic and the Night River (Illustrator) 70 copies, 1 review
The Lucky Yak (Illustrator) 7 copies
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