A Spread from Books Make Better Pets

Hello! I’m Momoko. I am a London-based author-illustrator from Japan. I absolutely adore children’s books and my debut picture book was published in April 2020.

I am represented by Eunice McMullen.

I am also a member of The Association Of Illustrators since 2016.


Born and bred in Japan, I grew up in a house made of book shelves (my grandpa was a poet, my dad was a writer and my mum was a school teacher), where I was allowed to doodle on the walls (or I thought I was). As a child, I drew all the time – on notebooks, furniture, walls and even back of exam papers! As a grownup, I am pretty much the same although I don’t draw on furniture that much any more.

My interest in visual storytelling brought me to UK to study filmmaking when I was 20. Although I still work in the TV/film industry, I decided to pursue my true passion for children’s book illustration. Since then, I’ve attended workshops and short evening courses and mainly taught myself how to make picture books by reading lots of books and meeting many artists.

I like dynamic compositions and beautiful colour combinations, and animals and food are my favourite subjects to draw. Although I mostly create my artwork on computer these days, I still enjoy using both traditional media such as gouache paints and colour pencils.

London is now my second home. I enjoy living here with my baking-mad cat Clementine. We have a blog called The Cat’s Whisk where we share our recipes and stories of her baking adventures.

And here I am. This is my story so far. (I did classic ballet for 15+ years and I have applied for the Great British Bake Off once but these are stories for another time.)


Poor Papa Penguin written by Lindsay Camp (Andersen Press) – out on 6th May 2021
When the Sun Goes Home (Orchard) – out on 15th April 2021
A “top secret” book in collaboration with Ministry of Stories – out September 2020!
Books Make Good Pets written by John Agard (Hachette Children’s Group) – out on 3rd September 2020
Avocado Asks (Orchard 2020)



World Illustration Award (shortlisted for Children’s Book category) @ Somerset House, London, July 2019
AOI Come Together @ The PrintSpace Gallery, London, December 2019

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