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Kikis Expressbud (Kiki's Delivery Service #1)

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Picture book of the movie Kiki's Delivery Service by Miyazaki Hayao, the story of a young witch who tries to start her own business. In Japanese. Annotation copyright Tsai Fong Books, Inc. Distributed by Tsai Fong Books, Inc.
Hardcover, 231 pages
Published August 2006 (first published January 25th 1985)
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Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was hard to track down but I'm glad I finally got it. It's a delightfully cute story-just like the movie. Too bad it's not more easily available in English.
Dec 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I was living in Japan I decided to read a kid's book to help me practice reading at a level I could possibly undertake. Since I had seen and enjoyed the film, I decided on this one. (Better, I thought, than reading a translation of Harry Potter or something like that.) I thought, since I knew the story, I could better make guesses and use "context clues" (as they used to say in school) when confronted with unfamiliar vocabulary.

Little did I know that, like Miyazaki's godawful adaptation of

Harold Ogle
Apr 29, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children and parents who enjoy fantasy
Shelves: fantasy, children
There're two kinds of speculative fiction: the kind that imagines people who are essentially the same as people of today, thrust into very different circumstances, and the kind that imagines that the people themselves are as different as their circumstances. It's always interesting to read a translation from a foreign country, because you often (as with Kiki's Delivery Service) can't tell which of the two it is. Kiki is a teenaged girl who's never had any romantic interest. At thirteen, she is e ...more
Feb 20, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tertarik pertama kali saat mengintip rak bukunya Prince.
Sudah dalam daftar buku yang ingin dipinjam, namun saat melihat tumpukan buku ini dibawah tulisan "Harga Khusus" langsung memutuskan untuk membeli.
Namun apalah arti satu buku dibandingkan sekian buku yang masih ingin dipinjam dari Sang Prince Manoharun ^_^

Buku ini bercerita mengenai Kiki, anak perempuan yang memilki ibu seorang penyihir dan ayah manusia biasa. Pada usia 10 tahun, Kiki memutuskan untuk mengikuti jejak ibunya menjadi penyihir
Jul 09, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young readers, readers who have seen the movie
Shelves: reviewed, fantasy-sf
I thought this book was better in ways than the Studio Gibli movie. For one reason, she doesn't play mind games with boys in the book. In fact, she says in the book that she doesn't understand the girls that DO play mind games, so it's interesting how they portrayed her in the movie. I also like how the book has each chapter as a month that she's in the town. It worked well. There was a chapter in the book, which I read before I saw the movie, that I thought would be really good in the movie, bu ...more
เนือหาในหนังสือเหมือนกับในหนังแคสองสามบทแรก นอกจากนันไมเหมือนเลย กิกิอายุสิบสามป เขาใจวาเปนหนังสือเดก แตใหความรูสึกเหมือนเขียนใหเดกม.ปลายทีเพิงเรียนจบแลวยายไปอยูหอพักอาน ...more
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
"It had never occurred to Kiki that such bumbling, undignified flying out actually endear her to the people of the town."

How did I not know this existed? A must read for fans of the Ghibli movie. Adorable, quirky, and light.

This is a tale of a cheeky young witch named Kiki who didn’t learn any type of witchcraft from her mother except for how to fly a broom; so she decides to use that ability and open a delivery business. It is a sweet little story of a witch and her black cat Jiji. It doesn’t have big plots and twists, it’s more like a diary for Kiki’s adventures and the things she encounters while delivering parcels for the people of the city of Koriko.

I’ve wanted to read this book since I learned that the anime
Harun Harahap
Kisahnya sederhana tapi menarik. Kiki yang keturunan penyihir kini berusia tiga belas tahun. Sesuai tradisi, Kiki harus meninggalkan orangtuanya dan mencari kota yang belum mempunyai penyihir. Kiki ditemani Jiji akhirnya memilih kota Koriko. Pada Awalnya, penduduk Koriko agak jengah dengan kehadirannya, tapi karena kebaikan hatinya yang suka mengantarkan barang titipan dengan imbalan seikhlasnya, penduduk Koriko akhirnya bisa menerima Kiki.
Margareta Dahlin
I have seen the story as anime film from the Ghibli Studios in Japan. I recommend that DVD warmly!!!! /--- Updated on March 6 2008> I have now read the book, in Swedish, but I think the translator missed the magic! But still I love the film they made from it! There's the magic! :-)
Aug 27, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
The story is actually too flat. No sharp conflicts or interesting detours. It's charming in its own way, I suppose, and of course, the illustration is superb.
Hirosasazaki Sasazaki
Stefano Amadei
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Questo libro è una chicca, una piccola grande sorpresa.
Kiki la streghetta appena tredicenne è costretta a lasciare la propria casa come si usa fare tra le streghe per crescere e imparare a essere autosufficienti.
Essendo molto brava a volare Kiki si inventa il mestiere di fattorino volante.
La storia è molto tenera, delicata come un disegno coi pastelli a cera fatto da un bimbo.
Posso dire quasi ingenua, ma proprio perché è così semplice che mi è piaciuta così tanto.
Inaspettata, scorrevole, diverte
Kiki's Delivery Service I've checked this out of my library a few times and finally read it in May. This is one case where I'd say the film definitely outshines the book. The book is enjoyable on its own, but if you can't find a copy I'd say you're not missing much. It's sweet but nothing life changing.
Celene Fraticelli
Such a cute kids book.
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic book. Wish the sequels were available in English.
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked up a copy of the book because I love the Ghibli move, and was happy to find that it was just as charming.
May 12, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Di suatu masa, para penyihir tidak lagi menguasai banyak ilmu sihir. Termasuk Kiriko-san, ibu Kiki. Dia hanya memiliki dua sihir. Kiriko-san sangat berharap kiki akan mengikuti jejanknya, karena tak ingin ilmu sihir hanya akan dimilikinya seorang. Ia ingin mewariskannya.

Walau sangat berharap, namun semua keputusan brada di tangan Kik. Untunglah, ketika berumur 10 tahun akhirnya Kiki memutuskan untuk menjadi seorang penyihir. Mendengar keputusan anaknya, Kiriko-san, ibu kiki, segera mengajari dua
S.W. Wildwood
Did not finish (186/241 pages)

Oh, Majo no Takkyuubin. Why didn't I love you? I love your animated film adaptation, which lead me to believe I would love to delve deeper into the world of Kiki's Delivery Service. But, no, not this time. In this instance the movie is much better than the book. (I still remain optimistic as this is the first book of six)

First, what did I like? Jiji, the black cat, held my interest the most; occasionally Kiki, too, was interesting, but never for very long. Witch and
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 日本人著者
Cute kids book from Japan that received a seemingly limited English publication, as this book is pretty expensive to get hold of off of sites like Ebay and Amazon. Fortunately found a copy at a library here in Japan, and so---

There's a lot that's really significant with this kids book, fitting to inspire both young and old alike. The story is that Kiki, a witch, is turning 13. As is custom, witches must leave home at this age and start their own life somewhere. Witches aren't lousy people or any
I'm glad I read it and I'm glad I read it in Japanese, but there were moments when I thought longingly of how I could have read it in two hours if it were in English. This edition is intended for the middle elementary grades, so there were only about 600 different kanji used throughout. This made it kind of difficult to read, with the eye having to scan and pull long words like だいじょうぶ out of the text and assign them meaning (thus 大丈夫, which means okay, or alright).

Very different from the movie,
Bunga Mawar
Buku tentang penyihir yang saya sukaaa... karena selain setting-nya tidak memaksa (jadi bukan "London, abad ke-18", atau "New York, tahun 2005"), penyihirnya juga begitu "manusiawi", hehe...

Namanya Kiki, umurnya baru tiga belas tahun, dan dia tidak bisa sihir lainnya kecuali terbang dengan sapu terbang penyihir. Dia bisa jadi penyihir karena ibunya, Kiriko-san, juga penyihir. Jadi rupanya kemampuan menjadi penyihir hanya bisa diturunkan dari garis ibu, ya. Kiriko-san sendiri cuma punya kemampuan
Dec 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
saya baru "menemukan" buku ini di sebuah lapak buku second/harga miring, dng kondisi masih baru.
Pertama cuma liat covernya, eh judul dan gambarnya mirip spt filmnya Ghibli : Kiki's Delivery Service (ada penyihir, sapu, dan kucing hitam kecil). Baca sinopsis di belakangnya, baru ngeh : Lhaaa.. ini kan memang film ituuuh !!

Setelah selesai membacanya, menurutku, novelnya ini JAUH lebih MENYENANGKAN dibanding filmnya.

Kepolosan pikiran anak2 (walaupun ia penyihir),kejadian2 aneh bin ajaib tapi lucu,
Nov 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Studio Ghibli adaptation of Kadono's classic children's story has always been one of my favourite films, so I was absolutely delighted to be able to finally read the novel. Unfortunately my Japanese is rusty, so I picked up the English translation, hoping that the charming story of a young with and her feline companion would retain its original personality. I'm sure that sme of the linguistic subtleties are lost in the translation, but Kadono's themes of independence and adventure (as well a ...more
Jun 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a cute book and the main reason I even read it was because of the studio ghibli film that Hayo Miazaki made. The book and film are different the movie follows the first few minutes of the film but that's where it seems to end. While in the film Kiki was trying to find herself in the book there really was no plot it was more episodic. In each chapter Kiki is making a new delivery and the movie not as much. Another difference is that in the film Gigi kiki's black cat stops talking to her ...more
E.J. Hagadorn
Nov 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As someone who saw the movie before reading the book, I found this to be a very rewarding read. It was fun to see the source material and observe how it was adapted.
On its own, the book is very good. I found Kiki to be a very believable character, and I enjoyed her adventures. Though the book is a bit episodic, together they show her going through an entire year of life, experiencing things like discovering boys and dealing with fear and adversity and tests of integrity. By the end of the story,
Rosemary Reeve
Feb 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Studio Ghibli fans and young readers.
Shelves: seen-the-movie
I was a little hesitant to read this book. Kiki's Delivery Service is my favorite of the Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli movies, and I didn't want that somehow skewed. Thankfully, the book ended up being a very pleasant little read that had the same simple charm as the movie. However, the two end up being rather different.

The beginning starts out very similarly, and it's fun and interesting to recognize which bits were picked up and used in the movie. Once Kiki lands in her new city the stories slightly
Indah W
May 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
May 21, 2011

Dibanding bukunya, justru gua lebih dulu menonton versi anime-nya daaann.. I loveeeeed it! Keren bangets dhe pokoknya, huhuhu.. Kiki ini termasuk salah satu "penyihir" yang mendobrak image penyihir sebagai perempuan culas berhidung bengkok, huahahaha.. pernah ngga sih bertanya2 kenapa penyihir itu digambarkan berhidung bengkok? Emangnya hidung itu menggambarkan kondisi hati ya? :p

Anywayy.. I gotta say that watching the movie is far more enjoyable than reading the book :p

Tapii.. itu k
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Eiko Kadono is a Japanese author of children's literature, picture books, non-fiction and essays in Shōwa and Heisei period Japan. Kadono was born in Tokyo, and attended the Nihon Fukushi University in Aichi prefecture, followed by a degree in English literature from Waseda University. After graduation in 1960 at the age of 25, she emigrated to Brazil, where she spent two years. She wrote a nonfic ...more
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Kiki's Delivery Service (6 books)
  • Den Nya Häxkonsten (Kikis Expressbud #2)
  • 魔女の宅急便 その3 キキともうひとりの魔女 (Kiki's Delivery Service, #3)
  • 魔女の宅急便 その4 キキの恋 (Kiki's Delivery Service, #4)
  • 魔女の宅急便 その5 魔法のとまり木 (Kiki's Delivery Service, #5)
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