Lockdown Cartoon #1
Cartoon about artist and children's author Noriko Matsubara's family life with her children during the lockdown UK

Lockdown Cartoon #1

It's been three weeks since the UK was locked down, but it's not all bad.The children are with me at home all the time. This is probably a once in…

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How Bocchi and Pocchi began
Illustration from "Bocchi and Pocchi: A Tale of Two Socks" by Noriko Matsubara

How Bocchi and Pocchi began

ORIGINAL POSTIn this blog I’d like to share my inspiration for my Bocchi and Pocchi picture books and why they're about socks, as I have been asked about it quite…

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A caterpillar comes to stay – inspiration for “Bocchi and Pocchi’s Big Surprise”
Illustration from "Bocchi and Pocchi's Big Surprise" written and illustrated by Noriko Matsubara

A caterpillar comes to stay – inspiration for “Bocchi and Pocchi’s Big Surprise”

One day when I took a cabbage out of the fridge and I found a caterpillar between cabbage leaves. I told my husband to take the caterpillar outside. He refused…

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