Charles Santoso

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Charles Santoso (Chao) loves drawing little things in his little journal and dreaming about funny, wondrous stories. He gathers inspiration from his childhood memories and curiosities he discovers in his everyday travels.

He has illustrated several picture books, including The Snurtch and I don’t Like Koala—both written by Sean Ferrell, Ida, Always—written by Caron Levis, which was mentioned in the New York Times as “an example of children’s books at their best,” Peanut Butter & Brains—written by Joe McGee, and Penguin & Tiny Shrimp Don’t Do Bedtime—written by Cate Berry. Also a New York Times bestseller Wishtree by Katherine Applegate and A Boy Called Bat by Elana K Arnold.

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A Boy Called Bat Book Series

Zombie Culinary Tales Book Series


Caron Levis
Rebecca Roan
Julie Falatko
Elana K. Arnold
Katherine Applegate
Joe McGee
Ame Dyckman
Sean Ferrell

Book Dedications by Charles Santoso

  • For ABEL, grateful to be found, trusted, and guided
    This Way, Charlie

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