The Great Wave: A Children's Book uses Hokusai’s classic woodcut of a majestic wave becomes the starting point for a story children will want to read again and again. On a stormy winter’s day, a baby boy, Naoki, is swept into a fisherman’s boat by a great wave. Years pass, but still Naoki does not grow. Must he return to the ocean in order to become a young man? The answer arrives in the form of a mythic fish.
Japanese artist Hokusai is one of the world’s most celebrated printmakers. A stunning reproduction of his famous woodcut, “The Great Wave” is featured in the book, supplemented by information about the artist and his work. The Great Wave was written by Veronique Massenot and illustrated by Bruno Pilorget.
LACMA's permanent collection includes The Great Wave off Kanagawa plus over one hundred other works by Katsushika Hokusai (Japan, 1760–1849)
- 32 pages, 9.5 x 12.7 x 0.4 inches
- For ages 6 to 9 years
- Illustrated throughout.