Little Professionals: I Am a Little Chef


by Mayumi Ooono


Little kids are fascinated by the world of grown-up work. Created by the talented Japanese illustrator Mayumi Oono, the Little Professionals series takes pretend play at grown-up careers in a fun and original direction, with special interactive features included with each book. 

I Am a Little Chef offers the budding chef a buffet of diverse dishes along with 150 stickers that include sushi shapes, hamburger toppings, and other ingredients for international meals. Whether it’s cooking up a tasty pizza (buon appetito!) or a savory omelet (bon appetit!), flaps and illustrations encourage tiny readers to choose tools, cut vegetables, and explore cooking methods without the mess. The mix of craft supplies, creativity, and imagination makes the perfect recipe for tomorrow’s grown-up culinary innovator.


“The perfect inspiration for anyone looking to uncover their passion.” —Logan Guleff, Winner of Season Two Masterchef Junior

“A fun interactive book to learn all about cooking.” —Kids Book Buzz

Discover the joy, creativity, and excitement of grown-up jobs in Mayumi Oono’s Little Professional series of interactive board books, each with a unique selection of craft supplies.

Mayumi Oono is a Japanese illustrator living in Tokyo. She was an editor and designer at a publishing company before becoming a freelance illustrator. Her designs, which stand out for their unique look, feel, and patterns, have appeared in advertisements, magazines, books, stationery, and textiles. Oono has been a fan of nonfiction books since childhood. She is fascinated by the possibilities of combining the artistic and the practical, and strives to create fun, educational, beautiful books for children.

Bologna Illustrator’s Exhibition Selection 2017 
3x3 Professional Show Merit 2017
Society of Illustrators Annual 60 2018


Publication Date | May 9, 2023 | Trade edition

Hardcover » Smyth Sewn Binding

30 Pages Text + 2 Gatefolds + Case + 4 Cards + 6 Sticker Sheets + 1 Envelope

Color Illustrations Throughout

8.6 x 8.6 in.

$14.99 ($19.99 CAN)


Reading Age: 3 - 6 years

This book has been translated into the following languages:

Catalan, Spanish, Hungarian