Mei Matsuoka

Children's Author/Illustrator

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Mei Matsouka


Assistant: Emily Talbot


Mei was born amidst the hustle and bustle of the unique city of Tokyo, to a Japanese father and British mother. She has been drawing and illustrating ever since she could pick up a pair of chopsticks and calling it 'work' since graduating from Kingston University, with a BA Hons in Illustration and Animation. She enjoys taking part in children's events/festivals with her creative workshops and has also tutored on a Arvon writing course for adults. She is an amateur philosopher who likes collecting podgy characters and also loves riding her fold-up bicycle.

Latest Publication:

THE GREAT BALLOON HULLABALLOO (1st August 2013, Andersen)

When Simon the squirrel's mum sends him off to the shop, Simon decides to fly to the moon in Old Uncle Somerset's hot air balloon in search of cheese. Shopping in outer space is very exciting, but proves to be a bit of a distraction...


TEN-SAN, KAME-SAN, MURI-SAN GO ON A JOURNEY: Winner of "Watashi no Aozora" ANA Environmental Picture Book Award 2005 (UNESCO sponsored)

BURGER BOY - Winner of The Portsmouth Children's Book Award (June 2007)

FOOTPRINTS IN THE SNOW - Shortlisted for the UKLA Children's Book Award. (Jul 2009); shortlisted for the Read it Again! Cambridgeshire Children's Picture Book Award.

THE GREAT DOG BOTTOM SWAP - nominated for The Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2009

Mei was also longlisted for the Booktrust BIG PICTURE's Best New Illustrator Award (March 2008)