Yoko Shima (“Yokococo”) was born in Osaka, Japan. She studied English Literature in Kyoto and Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art. She creates greeting cards and children’s books for several publishers in the UK, US, Europe and Asia, and is the author and illustrator of several books such as “Hans and Matilda” (“Matilda and Hans” in the US ) and "Sniff”.
When she was little, she was shy and quiet, but quite cheeky, too. (She still is!) Yoko currently lives in Osaka, Japan. She loves cooking, dancing, drawing, and thinking of stories, but what makes her happiest is to make people smile and laugh when they see her books and pictures.