This story has such potential, and would make a fantastic movie, but there were some big holes and inaccuracies (Internet and CDs in 1986?) that took...moreThis story has such potential, and would make a fantastic movie, but there were some big holes and inaccuracies (Internet and CDs in 1986?) that took it to a lower level than it deserves.(less)
Originally published in France in 2010, it was published in English by Chronicle Books along with companion books Yumi, Amigos, and Kimono.
This picture book is aimed at young children but could easily do double duty as a coffee table book. The texture is fantastic. The cover features a pleather print kokeshi (wooden bridal gift doll) and that is just the start. My daughter loved the flaps to lift and adorable bentos. My son loved the fold-out Shinkansen (marked Kyoto on one side and Tokyo on the other!).
The design is modern and magnificent. If only Japan was really this beautiful!
This isn't just beautiful, it's educational! There are kanji characters woven in through the text and the background. It has a lot of geographic information as well, and even the famous Asahi Beer Building, normally known as the Golden Turd, makes an appearance during a taxi ride.
I have only one complaint, and that is that there is an oven in the kitchen of one of the kitchens, and that's not at all common! Of course there are crazy people like me who have regular-sized ovens so I guess it gets a pass. (less)
The book is easy to read and the characters are pretty cute for preschoolers. The translation is great too, and Howlett (Little Daruma and Little Tengu) and Macnamara are both very experienced Japanese - English kidslit translators. It would be such a great little book if it wasn't for the express purpose of scaring the pants off a kid!(less)
Ohi's take on the effect of the 2011 Tohoku disaster on one little boy and the bonds it created is not to be missed.
The sentences are simple and the...moreOhi's take on the effect of the 2011 Tohoku disaster on one little boy and the bonds it created is not to be missed.
The sentences are simple and the illustrations are powerful. Although the most sensitive of children affected by this disaster may have a difficult time with this book, it will help others work through their feelings. Highly recommended to all kidlit lovers and people with an interest in Japan.(less)