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3.78  ·  Rating details ·  212 ratings  ·  31 reviews
ぼくはまだ小学校の四年生だがもう大人に負けないほどいろいろなことを知っている毎日きちんとノートを取るしたくさん本を読むからだある日ぼくが住む郊外の街に突然ペンギンたちが現れたこのおかしな事件に歯科医院のお姉さんの不思議な力が関わっていることを知ったぼくはその謎を研究することにした──少年が目にする世界は毎日無限に広がっていく第31回日本SF大賞受賞作 ...more
Kindle Edition, 387 pages
Published November 25th 2012 by KADOKAWA / 角川書店 (角川文庫) (first published January 1st 2010)
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Tim
May 23, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japanese, 2010s, reviewed
So, I read this because it is the first English translation of an author I genuinely respect. How do I respect him if this is the first English edition of one of his books? Adaptations. In Japan Morimis work is very popular, and has been made into several movies and TV series. In fact, the recent adaptation of his novel The Night is Short, Walk on Girl is one of my favorite anime films in recent years As such, I was greatly looking forward to checking out an actual copy of one of his novels I ...more
Laura Hoffman Brauman
2.5 stars. The narrator of the story is a 4th grade boy who is sure he is exceedingly smart. He takes notes on everything and loves to research problems. Everything is fine until a group of penguins show up in the middle of town. This started out really cute and then just got too surreal for me. I'm sure there was probably a deeper meaning in here somewhere, but I missed it. I wanted to love this, it has penguins after all -- but in the end it was just okay.
Diego
Morimi hace algo extremadamente complicado solo para demostrar que lo puede hacer, pero también para colocarnos en una posición donde se nos plantea un dilema: somos demasiado cínicos para soportar un libro sobre niños, que no para niños? Penguin Highway no es recomendable para nadie menor de doce años y, desde luego, ningún adolescente soportaría a Aoyama, el protagonista. Porque todo pasa a través de él. Aquí es donde Morimi nos obliga a estar atentos, a detenernos: no piensa tratar a este ...more
Maria
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
还是有必要说下真实想法吧一方面之所以打五星还是很开心这本能被国内出版色引进希望很多人去读并喜欢这本书森见的书一定要多多引进啊另一方面就好看程度而言一星因为非常喜欢他的有顶天家族所以对这本也充满期待但却几次都读不下去快要放弃对对不是书本身不好是我不好而是作为超龄阿姨的实在感受不了阅读书中故事的快乐

小学生四年级的我喜欢冒险譬如学校后面的森林河流呀对宇宙奥秘充满了好奇心处于青春期的我对女性的胸部充满好奇为什么小姐姐会胸部和妈妈的胸部看起来不一样呢从主人公的身上感受到纯真无邪求知欲精力旺盛的美好这是这本书让我觉得最珍贵和感动的东西没有谁的童年不是这么张扬过但而今不得不慢慢流失掉这份珍贵更让我觉得难得的是作为成年人的作者森见却可以以这么孩子气的口吻心灵写出这部作品实在很令人佩服

和有顶天家族同样注入的圆滚滚可爱生物从狸猫到企鹅都是可爱死人不偿命什么凭空用可乐罐变出企鹅那巨龙之森的海不断膨胀收缩还发出触耳犹如日珥一样的东西作者森见展开了奇妙大胆的想象有点类似太阳的科学知识还写到宇宙啊关于人死之后世界是否存在的辩证啊对于小学生来说是非常新奇有意思长知识的
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L
Jan 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 日本語
Whew, that took a while.

A very heart whelming book about a young boy who knows a lot about a lot of things....but realizes he knows very little about the world. The characters were all around sweet and the plot was good.

The only thing that irritated me was the constant mention of breasts. It seemed like the author couldn't imagine a way a boy might bond with a girl without constantly thinking about her boobs. I'll admit sometimes it went so over the top it became absurd in a funny way.
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s
Aug 18, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j-books
It was cute fantasy. The curiosity and concentration to something kids are interested in are great, lovely and fantastic. What is more I know everyone should have this kind of feelings at least once in a childhood. Kids are lovely and awesome!
Luigi
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Conosco quest'autrice per aver visto anche Uchouten Kazoku e Tatami Galaxy, anime tratti da suoi romanzi.

Penguin Highway parla di Aoyama, un ragazzo delle elementari con delle caratteristiche particolari, è un ragazzo molto intelligente e particolarmente studioso, ogni sua scoperta e eventi della sua vita li annota tutti nel suo quaderno, si definisce il bambino delle elementari che scriva di più nel mondo. Un giorno nella cittadina in cui vive appaiono dal nulla dei Pinguini, da questo evento
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Jim
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Penguin Highway

This is a coming of age novel, a story of children facing reality bending mystery, and lots of talk about boobs.

Akireta Aoyama is a young boy with an analytical mind and an obsession with breasts. Not exactly in a prurient way, but in the confused way of a young boy on the cusp of puberty who knows he's interested, but not exactly why.

One day, his small Japanese town is set abuzz by the sudden appearance of penguins... And that is only the beginning of the weirdness.

I read this
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Trent Bowditch
I love this book!

Aoyoma, a clever -maybe too clever- elementary school child, alongside his friends, makes the scientific discovery of a lifetime.

The film is a really 1 to 1 representation of the this book; however, I do believe there is a ton of great things that only this novel can capture in its entirety. One aspect that only the novel can convey is Aoyoma's exploration near 'the ends of the earth.' I also think the conversations between Aoyoma and Uchida are a bit more rich and detailed. I
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Allison Saffel
I don't think I am going to leave a rating for this book right now because I don't honestly know how I feel about it. I couldn't tell if it felt surreal because I was reading it in Japanese or because the story dances with insanity. (Probably both)
I would not recommend it to most readers because it is repetitious, tedious, and bizarre.
When it breaks through these tendencies, however, there is a stunning amount of honesty and innocence that went into the smaller interactions between the
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AniaRovana
Jul 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j-books
เลมนีใชเวลาอานนานมากดวยลักษณะการใชภาษาของคนเขียน แลวเปนการเลาเรืองแบบผานสายตาและความคิดของตัวเองเพียงอยางเดียว ซึงชวงแรกตัวเอกนาหมันไสสุดๆ ยอมรับนะวาฉลาด แตมันใจในตัวเองมากเกินไปวาตัวเองเกงกวาคนอืน เกงกวาผูใหญ แลวมีดูถูกผูใหญนิดๆดวย แตตัวเอกเปนคนเจาทฤษฎี พออานไปสักพักกเริมโอเคขึน

ชวงแรกของหนังสือทีปูพืนเรืองคือเอือยมาก เอือยแบบอานแลวหลับ แตหลังๆเริมสนุกขึน พอไขปริศนาทุกอยางไดแลวกเหมือนตัวเราไดเรียนรูอะไรหลายอยางไปพรอมกับเดกๆในเรือง

ดวยความทีเรืองนีมาแนว SF ศัพทแปลกๆจะเยอะอยู มีทังยากและงายปนๆกันไป
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Kris
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*4.5/5! Morimi manages to write so leanly, but with so much heart. Had high expectations for this, considering he also wrote Tatami Galaxy, and I wasn't disappointed.

Aoyama is a very entertaining narrator. I appreciated the fine balance between his naivety and intellect. The innocence of his perspective contrasts well with the bigger philosophical themes of life, death and science. My only tiny gripe was that I expected a harder sci-fi/mystery feel and wanted more pay off. But by the end, I had
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Maddie Elise
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This book was a treat.

In very Ghibli esc style, we follow three 4th graders just trying to be kids and figure things out mixed with the other worldly. Ponyo meets Totoro seems like a fitting mashup example. I was extremely skeptical about a 10 year old narrator, and yeah, he does get distracted about breasts a lot but Morimi spot on captures the childlike train of thought without being overbearing or boring.

Halfway through this book, I just could not put it down. It's been a while since I have
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Jared Pangier
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
この本は私の最初の日本語の小説読む理由は日本語と漢字を勉強する目的でしたが話も良かったです本のプロットは天才な小学生は周りの世界の興味いぱいあっていろな実験していて最後に全部の問題は一つになった

As a book to learn Japanese and to begin reading more Kanji, this book is excellent for a fairly fluent speaker of Japanese who needs work reading Kanji. Storywise, the book was also very insightful for me as a father of a curious and precocious two-year-old. Beyond providing a unique look at my own parenting approach, the book is a cool study of what it takes to grow, and how we can better interact
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Hazy
Feb 06, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was left unsatisfied by the ending.

Which is a shame because I genuinely enjoyed the characters and Morimi's writing style. Also, as a fan of 'The Eccentric Family' show, it was enjoyable to finally get a chance to read one of this author's works.

The novel is more focused on a boy growing up and falling in love rather than the bizarre plot happening around it, so there's that to consider. And I sort of understand the ending, but I just think that it left too many questions unanswered.

I still
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Matthew Zhou
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Collene Currie
2.5
I felt like the concept was there, but was losing me in every corner. I did enjoy the penguin mystery aspect of it. Aoyama is one of those intellectual on a high degree, that I've never read a character like that before. he was almost too smart to grasp onto and too mature for his age. He was however an interesting one.
The words 'breasts' and 'cumulonimbus' we used way too often. A little repetitive.
the last like 30 pages was quite confusing. not gonna lie.
I did enjoy some moments spread
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Jon Chaisson
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Silly, strange and good fun!
MIL
這本沒其他的作品ㄎㄧㄤ
不過~森見登美彥真的很阿宅耶XD
雖然寫的是兇奴屁孩但感覺就是個大學生阿宅~
只有這點很有他的風格
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Jeremy
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the beginning it got me hooked, the middle was a little slow, and then the ending had me hooked once more - I like the way it wrapped up!
Julia
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very unusual and clever. Would love to read more of his books.
kimuchibox4000
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
森見氏の他作品は色々読みましたが本作が一番好きだったかもしれません ...more
Lauren
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Weird but fun! Like a Murakami book.
Ameka Menes
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Life-changing. I type this as I have just finished it, and I'm going to think about this for years to come.
rannah
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-manga
2.5/5
Jasmin S.
Dec 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the loveliest books I've read in a while. It made me smile a lot, yet it also made me incredibly sad at the end. 4.5/5
Mad Hapa
A whimsical read about unusual goings-on in a small Japanese town. Very Murakami-esque.
Thanh Thiện
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It;s fantasic. I have ever read any book better that.(May be ? With a litter book i've read?)I don't know. But it's good(Or smt like that?)
Sasha
Dec 04, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't received it yet!!!
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Born in Nara Prefecture, Tomihiko Morimi graduated from Kyoto University, and his works often has Kyoto as setting.

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