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Charles Santoso


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.

The Bookstore Cat
This Way, Charlie
Peanut Butter & Santa Claus: A Zombie Culinary Tale
Bat and the End of Everything
Bat and the Waiting Game
Dragons Get Colds Too
No Boring Stories!
A Boy Called Bat

Most Popular Charles Santoso Books

    Katherine Applegate, Charles Santoso
    A Boy Called Bat
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    Bat and the Waiting Game
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    Ida, Always
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    This Way, Charlie
    Caron Levis, Charles Santoso
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Book Stats


All Charles Santoso Books

2020The Bookstore Cat32
2020This Way, CharlieCaron Levis40
2019Peanut Butter & Santa Claus: A Zombie Culinary TaleJoe McGee32
2019DandyAme Dyckman40
2019Bat and the End of EverythingElana K. Arnold192
2019Bat and the Waiting GameElana K. Arnold208
2019Dragons Get Colds TooRebecca Roan40
2018No Boring Stories!Julie Falatko48
2018A Boy Called BatElana K. Arnold208
2017WishtreeKatherine Applegate224
2016SnurtchSean Ferrell40
2016Ida, AlwaysCaron Levis40
2015Peanut Butter & Brains: A Zombie Culinary TaleJoe McGee32
2015I Don't Like KoalaSean Ferrell40


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

Book Dedications by Charles Santoso

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