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Chi's Sweet Home, Volume 1 (Chi's Sweet Home / チーズスイートホーム #1)

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Chi is a michievous newborn kitten who, whileon a leisurely stroll with her family, finds herself lost. Seperated from the warmth and protection of her mother, feels distraught. Overcome with loneliness she breaks into tears in a large urban park meadow., when she is suddenly rescued by a young boy named Yohei and his mother.Thekitty is then quickly and quietly whisked awa ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published June 29th 2010 by Vertical (first published November 22nd 2004)
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Lola  Reviewer
Oct 30, 2015 Lola Reviewer rated it it was amazing

Utterly adorable!

I decided to get this series because I can't officially get a kitten... so it's a sort of cheap compromise. But now we have a problem, because I want a cat more than ever before. Seriously, this will warm anyone's heart and we all know winter is coming... so go read this book ;)
Dec 04, 2013 karen rated it it was amazing
because i feel like i have to review every book i read, i will quickly say that this book is adorable, and chi may be my favorite cat of all time. (i am not counting doraemon as a cat for the purpose of that statement, because he's like some kind of magical supra-cat)my favorite stuffed animal, besides my bunny, is the stuffed chi that sylvia sent me from japan - oh, he is so tiny and curled-up.

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that's all i have to say about chi for now.
All I wanted was something super cute. And this only sort-of delivered. The artwork is bright and stylish and the panels are easy to follow, and Chi the kitten behaves like a real one would (trust me, I grew up with cats, lots of cats). I was impressed with Konami's ability to convey kittenhood with such simple artwork.

However. Chi the kitten narrates in cutesy-wutsey baby tawk. Just wike dis. Oh, it is so adowable. Wight? Isn't dis adowable?

No, no it isn't. And that is why this has been upgrad
May 14, 2016 Justine rated it really liked it
I don't think the storyline or the illustration deserve a 4-star rating but it was just so cute it put a smile on my face and that's all I asked for. :)
Yet another in the "adorable cat graphic novel" genre, this time from Japan. This is a really lovely book. As a person who got a kitten for the first time in the last year, I can verify that it is very accurate. The thing I really like about this is that it's not just accurate about the cat's behavior, but how humans act around cats!

And how awesome cats are and how they so quickly become integral to your life if you have one. Yes. I am a cat lady. It's my cat's fault. This first volume very acc
LG (A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions)
I think very highly of this series so far. True, not much goes on, but Chi is delightful. If you have ever lived with a cat, you will probably find quite a bit of Chi's behavior and the Yamada family's experiences to be familiar. And, if you're like me, you may find yourself wishing you could have a big Chi poster to plaster on one of your walls.

The things the Yamadas go through with Chi are things many cat owners (or pet owners, in general) go through when they get their first cat, especially w
Jul 28, 2012 Hadrian rated it really liked it
You know what? I've just read 3000 pages over the past month on the history of violence. Tonight, I'm going to read a book consisting entirely of cat pictures to relax.

Much better. Hehe. Kitty. Stop being so silly.
May 16, 2012 Amy rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Amy by: Pam
My friend Pam knew that I was considering a foray into the world of graphic novels, and one day I came into work and saw Chi's Sweet Home smiling at me from my desk--a recommendation from Pam.

Chi really couldn't be a cuter kitten, and the story of Chi's adventures and antics will ring true for many (all?) cat owners. The book was sweet, funny, and surprisingly touching, and the art was bright, peppy and fun. Pam was right, though, the story is a bit juvenile, and that is especially emphasized by
Apr 26, 2016 Sesana rated it really liked it
Shelves: animals, comics, children
Sometimes, you just need to read an adorable kitten manga. This is one of those times.
Apr 26, 2014 Bucletina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Gatólogos
No puede ser más lindo esto. Supongo que su completa focalización en el felino y su familia vuelve a este manga delicioso para algunos e insufrible para otros. Para mí es de lo más dulce y simpático. Sobre todo teniendo en cuenta que el POV está puesto en Chi y lo que piensa mientras despliega su comportamiento típicamente gatístico.
Jan 31, 2014 Karissa rated it it was amazing

Oh, the cuteness! This is an awesome graphic novel that is excellent for all ages and definitely a must read for cat lovers.

Chi (the kitten) gets lost from his mother and then found by a toddler boy. The toddler (Yohei) convinces his mother to take the cat home until they find its owner. Yohei and his family live in an apartment where they can’t have pets. However, as Yohei’s family struggles to find a new home for Chi, they get more and more attached to the little guy. Chi also gets more and mo
Tom Ewing
Apr 01, 2016 Tom Ewing rated it did not like it
Not tight enough to be a good gag strip, not insightful enough - about pets OR people - to be a good animal story, all this has going for it is cuteness. And even on that score, it's all downhill from the cover. But the decision of the translator to have Chi talk in ickle widdle baby talk is what really pushed me into becoming the kind of monster who gives one star to a kitten manga.
Leo Robertson
Feb 24, 2016 Leo Robertson rated it it was amazing
I ate this way too quickly. Every page in colour! So good! Maybe a wee bit expensive, but still. I want all.

It's so difficult to be a cat!!
Noran Miss Pumkin
Jun 16, 2009 Noran Miss Pumkin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cat lovers;children at heart. manga--in Japanese
Recommended to Noran by: myself
You do not have to read Japanese to be delighted by this delightful COLORED series about a lost kitten and his.her new family. CUTE!!!! $9 US cheap too. Love the drawing style and the kitten's flashbacks to thinking about it's mother. sold sealed--so i did break the wrapper--knowing I had to buy it, but loved it. Heading back to the little store soon to get the rest of the series, and another set for a friend as a gift.
Lisa Lathrop
Apr 15, 2015 Lisa Lathrop rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
1.) "Chi's Sweet Home, Volume 1" is a graphic novel rated for grades Kindergarten up to about 2nd grade. This graphic novel has an open and airy feel and is very easy to follow. It has the perfect balance of text and full color images. Many frames are without any text which allows you to focus on the illustrations of the very adorable and animated kitten, Chi. When text is included in the frame, there is ample white space in the text bubble making it very easy to focus on the words and not detra ...more
Nicola Mansfield
Jan 09, 2014 Nicola Mansfield rated it it was amazing
Nov, 2010: Reason for Reading: This is a Cybils '10 nominee and required reading for me as a graphic novels panelist.

I've had pet cats in the past but I'm not what you could call one of those "cat people" so it's hard to believe, but I was completely charmed with this book. An easy book to read with many wordless panels and sparse simple text that can be read by any 2nd grader. The illustrations virtually tell the story by themselves they are so expressive. This is the story of a little kitten,
26 April 2013

I've been in a bit of a funk lately, and needed something light and happy to cheer me up. Chi's Sweet Home, Volume 1 did exactly that and then some. How could this grumpy face not make you smile?


Chi's mischievous adventures had me laughing out loud. Her innocent curiosity as she explores her new world reminds me a lot of Yotsuba&!, which happens to be another fantastic book to lift your spirits. I personally find Chi's baby talk to be adorable. If it were a person talking in thi
Sarah Sammis
Oct 29, 2012 Sarah Sammis rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Sarah by: All About Manga
Chi's Sweet Home 01 by Kanata Konami is about a little kitten and the family who adopts her when she is separated from her mother and siblings. I read the book because we recently took in a stray kitten and I was looking for something different to read.

I normally shy away from stories told from the point of view of an animal because most authors can't pull it off. Konami is a rare exception. This mangaka gets cats both in terms of personality and in body language.

Although the artwork is amazingl
May 31, 2015 Anna rated it it was ok
I was going to give this 2 stars because it left me fairly indifferent, but I settled on 2.5 stars because even though it wasn't my thing, it isn't actually bad.
A cutesy, episodic story about a kitten who gets lost outside and is taken in by a family living in an apartment building with a strict 'no pets' rule. More a chain of vignettes than a continuous story, as Chi and family adapt to each other with typical kitten 'adventures' such as litter-training, discovering bouncy-balls, etc. Simple im
Jun 18, 2013 VeganMedusa rated it it was amazing
I grabbed a couple of these books from the library for my 7 year old, because they looked very cute. Before long he was begging me for the next books, so now we have the first 5 books out. He must have read all 5 books at least a couple of times each so far - with lots of "Mum, Chi did this, now Chi's doing that.." talk that always indicates a well-loved book.
So finally I decided to see what the fuss was about. So cute, and very well done. Not much dialogue but it's all just perfect. I giggled a
Typhaine Watrin
Apr 17, 2016 Typhaine Watrin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pas grand chose à dire sur l'histoire, c'est juste de la cutance à chaque pages...Mais c'est bien ce à quoi je m'attendais donc...parfait !!
Sep 11, 2014 Starbubbles rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga, kid-lit
I'm surprised how much I liked this. It's super cute, adorable, and highly addictive. It's about a lost kitten that meets a new family. I mean, I should have been bored out of my mind! Instead I found myself laughing at the little kitten's antics and just loving this cat as it grows up.
Mar 20, 2016 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mignonne petite histoire d'un chaton qui découvre le monde. j'ai adoré, hâte de lire le deuxième volume. :-)
Evey Morgan
Aug 26, 2014 Evey Morgan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mangas
Como me he divertido leyendo el manga y qué cortito se me ha hecho!!
Ahora necesito hacerme con el número 2.

Es imposible no enamorarse de Chi.
Jan 15, 2016 Melki rated it liked it
Shelves: cats, manga
Too cutesy for me!

In other words, all Nermal, no Garfield.

And Breaking Cat News (read for free at is still the best cat comic EVER!
Vilken söt manga med kattungen Chi
We wanted to love these books. The stories are so sweet and right up Logan's cat-loving alley. And they are indeed great, if I read them aloud. But as beginning reader, Logan found this pretty frustrating. To begin with, most of the text is sound effects. For example, meow, miaow, miu, meowr, mee ow, miuu, mrreow, fwshh, fwish, fwoosh, vrrrr, wobbl, fwump, gya, kyaa, growor, yoink, sproing, thud, bwaaaah, waaah, gwaa, argh, wuff (and that's all just in the first 25 pages). It was confusing to ha ...more
May 07, 2015 Shelley rated it really liked it

After getting distracted by a bird, our main character, a little kitten (who is later named Chi), loses sight of her mother and siblings and becomes lost. Overwhelmed and upset, Chi plops down on a grassy knoll where a young boy finds the kitty and is adopted by the boy's family. As a young kitten with much to experience, Chi encounters the terrifying shower head when she is given a bath and the blowdryer. She is also introduced to a litter box which she doesn't understand and thinks is
Oct 31, 2015 Regina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chi ist ganz süß und erinnert mich manchmal an meinen Kater aber ich denke ich werde keinen weiteren Band mehr lesen :)
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Konami Kanata (jp. こなみ かなた, Kanata Konami; born 3 July 1958, Nagano) is a Japanese cartoonist best known for her cat characters Chi's Sweet Home.
Her works revolves around the daily life of house cats.

She went to Futaba-Kōtō Academy in Suwa, Nagano Perfecture. Her first published manga as a profesional manga-ka was the short story Puchi Neko Jamu Jamu in Nakayoshi Manga Magazine in 1982. The magazi
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Chi's Sweet Home / チーズスイートホーム (1 - 10 of 12 books)
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  • Chi's Sweet Home, Volume 9
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