Lockdown Cartoon #22: Magic Pencils
Cartoon about artist and children's author Noriko Matsubara's family life with her children during the lockdown UK

Lockdown Cartoon #22: Magic Pencils

I’m currently working on my next picture book. And I often have a visitor to my desk. My 4 year old daughter loves my coloured pencils. She is convinced she…

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Lockdown Cartoon #21: Face Mask
Cartoon about artist and children's author Noriko Matsubara's family life with her children during the lockdown UK

Lockdown Cartoon #21: Face Mask

I'm used to seeing people wearing face masks in Japan. It’s common etiquette for people who have a cold, or those who have hay fever. But it feels very strange…

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Lockdown Cartoon #20: Robot Vacuum 2
Cartoon about artist and children's author Noriko Matsubara's family life with her children during the lockdown UK

Lockdown Cartoon #20: Robot Vacuum 2

We’ve recently bough a robotic vacuum cleaner. My children loves it. They named it Robo-kun. They think Robo-kun is cute, quiet, and so much nicer than mum operating a loud,…

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Lockdown Cartoon #19: Balloon
Cartoon about artist and children's author Noriko Matsubara's family life with her children during the lockdown UK

Lockdown Cartoon #19: Balloon

My daughter turned four last week. She wanted a balloon for her birthday. So I got her a balloon filled with helium. But there is a lesson all children must…

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Lockdown Cartoon #18: Robot Vacuum
Cartoon about artist and children's author Noriko Matsubara's family life with her children during the lockdown UK

Lockdown Cartoon #18: Robot Vacuum

24 hours a day is not enough. I can’t juggle work and family unless I create more time.So we’ve decided to buy a robotic vacuum cleaner! To record what it’s like…

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Lockdown Cartoon #17: Trampoline
Cartoon about artist and children's author Noriko Matsubara's family life with her children during the lockdown UK

Lockdown Cartoon #17: Trampoline

Tummy chubby, double chin. My husband seems to have gained some weight lately, so when I pointed it out, he argued, “Look who’s talking." Doubtfully I got on the scale,…

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Lockdown Cartoon #16: MOT
Cartoon about artist and children's author Noriko Matsubara's family life with her children during the lockdown UK

Lockdown Cartoon #16: MOT

When you don’t drive, it doesn’t cost you petrol. The last time I put petrol in my car was March - three months ago. I thought we were lucky to…

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Lockdown Cartoon #15: Dandelions
Cartoon about artist and children's author Noriko Matsubara's family life with her children during the lockdown UK

Lockdown Cartoon #15: Dandelions

“Naomi, stop it!"I heard Ichi’s voice from garden when I was doing the washing-up. I looked through the kitchen window to see what was going on outside. Naomi was hitting dandelions…

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Lockdown Cartoon #14: Time Tickets
Cartoon about artist and children's author Noriko Matsubara's family life with her children during the lockdown UK

Lockdown Cartoon #14: Time Tickets

During lockdown, my children spend more time on TV and games. I came across a Japanese article about how to limit children’s screen time. One of the methods the author…

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