Sumo Joe Preview

picture book about sumo
Available on May 14, 2019!

Anytime a book is released to the pubic that I helped to design is a special moment. SUMO JOE has even more significance, since this is my first picture book that I designed and art directed!

SUMO JOE is a darling book about a brother and sister who each practice their own martial arts and on one Saturday afternoon their martial art skills collide. Well, the book’s publisher, Lee & Low Books, really describe it best:

“On Saturday mornings, Sumo Joe is a gentle big brother to his little sister. But on Saturday afternoons, he and his friends are sumo wrestlers! They tie on makeshift mawashi belts, practice drills like teppo, and compete in their homemade dohyo ring. They even observe sumo’s ultimate rule: no girls allowed! But when Sumo Joe’s little sister wants to join in the fun, Sumo Joe is torn between the two things he’s best at—sumo, and being a big brother.”

The fun rhyming story is by author Mia Wenjen and Nat Iwata created the colorful and dynamic illustrations. Beyond the narrative, this book also includes an illustrated glossary of Sumo terms and more information on Aikido.

sumo joe interior spread

The book’s energy is simply contagious. Kirkus recently reviewed SUMO JOE and they too are excited for this book and think it’s a refreshing, modern take on a martial arts themed picture book. Hooray, Hooray!

Pre-order you copy now or mark you calendars for May 14, 2019 when this book will be available on-line and at your local bookstore. Ask your libraries to carry it too!