First published in 1971, The King of Circles takes the reader into a colorful world where round objects compete for the title of "King of Circles." An absorbing and fast-paced story which sends the reader spinning like a billiard ball, King of Circles is a free-spirited and imaginative collaboration between poet Shuntaro Tanikawa and graphic designer Kiyoshi Awazu. Bold colors combined with precise line art and a playful text make King of Circles a truly unique picture book.
About the Author
Born in Tokyo in 1931, Shuntaro Tanikawa is a poet, translator, author, and screenwriter. During a prolific career spanning more than sixty years, Tanikawa has become one of the most well-regarded modern poets in Japan.
Kiyoshi Awazu was a self-taught graphic designer born in Tokyo in 1929. Fascinated by the intersection of Japanese tradition with modern culture, his imaginative works blended elements from Japanese woodblock prints, calligraphy and Buddhist art with bold colors and confident lines.