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Yotsuba&!, Vol. 01 by Kiyohiko Azuma
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From the creator of Azumanga Daoih comes Yotsuba&!, a laugh-out-loud manga series for all ages. Yotsuba&! centers on a bright-eyed five-year-old girl named Yotsuba who is inquisitive, cheerful, naïve, and bounding with energy. Yotsuba brings excitement (and the occasional embarrassment) to the lives of her single father, Koiwai; the neighboring Ayase family; her father’s best friend, Jumbo; and others.

The humor – and appeal to all ages – in this 10-volume series stands comes from multiple character perspectives. In the “Yotsuba & Manners!” chapter of Vol. 2, for example, readers vividly feel Yotsuba’s father’s desperation as he tries to fix the bathroom door’s lock by climbing in through the window, as well as neighbor Fuka’s awkwardness as she passes her new neighbor breaking into his house and decides, “Just keep walking. . . ”

These juxtaposed perspectives – seeing a situation as one might handle it, and then seeing an onlooker’s perceptive – as well as Yotsuba’s lessons in social etiquette, make Yotsuba&! a laugh-out-loud series that can be read again and again.
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