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

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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 2004)
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karen
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.
Crowinator
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...more
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...more
Sara
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...more
Amy
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...more
Noran Miss Pumkin
Jun 16, 2009 Noran Miss Pumkin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: cat lovers;children at heart. manga--in Japanese
Recommended to Noran by: myself
LOVE IT!!!CAT LOVERS UNITE!!! JOY! JOY! HAPPY1 HAPPY!
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.
Nicola Mansfield
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,...more
MissAnnThrope
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?

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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...more
Sarah Sammis
Oct 29, 2012 Sarah Sammis rated it 5 of 5 stars
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...more
VeganMedusa
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...more
Marcia
This is a popular graphic novel at my school, so I grabbed it to see what the attraction was. I was disappointed. While the illustrations are very cute and endearing, the translation is icky. The kitten uses words like "pwaypen" and "scarewy" which I don't think are helpful to new or struggling readers and quickly become irritating. Most of the story concerns itself with the kitten learning to use the bathroom. Eew.
The Styling Librarian
Chi’s Sweet Home series by Konami Kanata – What an adorable new graphic novel series to discover! I loved the little kitten’s perspective, quite a treasure. Really enjoying reading this adorable kitten perspective series about a little kitten adopted into a family living in an apartment which doesn’t allow pets. This series is overflowing with cuteness.
Karissa

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...more
Jennifer
CHI IS SO KAWAII! Nothing really happens in this comic, but it's so fun to read. Chi gets lost, finds a family, learns how to use the litter box, plays and generally gets into trouble like most kittens do. It's fun for anyone, really, but you have to specifically be in the mood for something cute and childish. The translation from Japanese is sort of awkward, since Chi is basically named by a potty training child saying "pee", or the Japanese "chi". It doesn't really make sense saying chi in Eng...more
Hadrian
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.
Courtney
I read this during my break today. I loved it. It was so cute. I'm glad the kitty got to stay with the family. Can't wait to see what happens in the next one.
Erin
Goddamn, I hate cats.
SIMON Karine
C’est la période des nouvelles expériences pour moi, après avoir découvert le mois dernier, deux bandes dessinées, j’ai décidé ce mois-ci, de découvrir les mangas.

J’ai choisi pour cela Chi – Une vie de chat de Konami Kanata. Il f ut dire que j’aime beaucoup les animaux, et en particulier les chats. C’était vraiment l’occasion.

Au début de ce manga, Chi est perdu, il panique, et il est heureusement recueilli par une sympathique famille. Nous suivons donc les péripéties et les aventures de Chi, un...more
Kate
Chi's Sweet Home Vol 1- 5 by Kanata Konami.
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Chi is a mischievous newborn kitten who, while on a leisurely stroll with her family, finds herself lost. Separated 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. The kitty is then quickly and quietly whisked away into the warm and inviting Yamada family apartment...where p...more
El Templo de las Mil Puertas
"Es de sobra conocido que los gatos han tomado el poder en internet en forma de lolcats, memes y demás fenómenos. Que pasaran al mundo del cómic sólo era cuestión de tiempo. Y el cómic en concreto al que han saltado es obra de Konami Kanata, que ha causado furor en Japón. En él conoceremos a Chi, una gatita que se separa de su madre y sus hermanos al distraerse con un pájaro (algo muy habitual en estos animales, el de distraerse con cualquier cosa que se mueva y llame su atención) y acaba en un...more
Halley Todd
This graphic novel will endear itself to readers and quickly become a favorite. Chi is a kitten that became lost from her mother. She doesn't know what she will do, and faints in a park. A small boy, Yohei, finds her. His parents decide that they can not just leave the poor kitten alone, and take her home with them. What follows is Chi learning how to live inside a house with humans, and her slow forgetting about her mother due to her happiness with her new home. Unlike true Japanese mange, this...more
Charles
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Shyann Stromquist
Audience- The audience for this book would be for both males and females, I don’t think it is gender specific. I think that this book would be good for students around 2-4 grade. The pictures tell the main story, but there are texts to go with some of the pictures. The vocabulary if fairly simple for younger grades making it a fairly easy read for younger students. Animal lovers, especially cat lovers would love this book because the depiction of the cat is exactly how a cat acts in real life,...more
Minutepapillon
Oh! cette pupille dilatée jusqu'au noir absolu, la passion des sacs plastiques, l'abandon au sommeil... on retrouve dans ce mignon manga les petits gimmicks de chats si familiers à ceux qui aime leur compagnie. Un poil en dessous du grand comique de Simon's Cat, mais de lecture agréable ce manga m'a rendue nostalgique des chats de mon passé, si joueurs et m'a rappelé que les chatons "c'est trop le délire!" comme s'exclama un jour un petit voisin à nous lorsqu'il découvrit notre petite douzaine d...more
Michelle
Nov 24, 2012 Michelle rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: People who love cute things or cats.
One day while Chi was out with her mother and siblings, she wandered off and became lost. She kept searching for her family, but was instead taken in by a young boy and his parents. Since pets are not allowed at their apartment, the family tries to keep Chi indoors so no one will see her. The family tries to find Chi a new home where she can wander, but end up keeping her. The series follows the many adventures and misadventures of Chi.

Kanata Konami has created an absolutely adorable character i...more
Kate Savage
This is the first volume of the adventures of a tiny lost kitten who cutes her way through the pages and through the hearts of the family that finds her.

Yes, I just used "cute" as a verb. There is no other way to describe what little stripey-looking, gape-eyed, jumpy Chi does. She's a tiny fool who realizes items like "prey", "soft thing", and "nice place". The saga opens with Chi getting lost in a park. She is found by young Yohei and his mother. They take Chi home and things progress from ther...more
Dolly
Dec 16, 2013 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: children who enjoy reading graphic novels
This book is the epitome of Kawaii. The adorable kitten, the sweet nuclear family, the baby talk. Sheesh. I can see how these books became so popular, but I'm not sure if I can read ten of them. Our girls had mixed reactions as well. Our youngest liked the book, but our oldest had a lukewarm reaction. She mentioned that there's a lot of baby talk in this book and they know I hate it when they talk baby talk. Still, Chi is a baby...

Overall, the illustrations are classically cute manga and the nar...more
Michelle
Seriously, all cat lovers should read this. You will find something to relate to/love here 'cause the chances are you've experienced it before. I feel like Konami really captured the essence of a kitten: the playfulness, neediness, and silliness. The art, with its simple lines but exaggerated facial expressions (I loved the little details, like Chi's pupils dilating whenever she finds something she wants to play with) fit the tone of the work perfectly, and I loved that this was published all in...more
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