I wonder where Jon Klassen found this. Yoshida is one of my favorite comic artists who has been massively popular in Japan since the 90s. I always thought it’s impossible to communicate his sense of humor in other languages but I’d love to see the translations.
My awesome picture book making friends in France made this mural during one of their book fairs. I really find the French book fair culture amazing and it’s a pity they don’t exist in the U.S. or Japan. My friends are always visiting various towns around France, spending time drawing on the end papers for the kids who come to say hi to their favorite illustrators. To me it speaks of the respect that books and book makers receive, and the effort to keep the line between book makers and the public very transparent and letting kids stay directly involved.