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Yotsuba&!, Vol. 1

(Yotsuba&! #1)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  14,711 Ratings  ·  698 Reviews
Hello! This is Koiwai Yotsuba, Yotsuba, YOTSUBA! Yotsuba moved with Daddy to a new house from our old house waaaaaaay over there! And moving's fun 'cos people wave! (Ohhhh!!) And Yotsuba met these nice people next door and made friends to play with (one of 'em acted like one of those bad strangers Daddy told Yotsuba not to go with, but it was okay in the end). ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published September 15th 2009 by Yen Press (first published August 27th 2003)
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Seth T.
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
[This is a review of the whole series.]

Yotsuba by Kiyohiko Azuma

We sometimes encounter things—moments, vistas, sounds, ideas—that wholly disarm us. Things that slide so neatly between our hope for the world and our experience of the world that our rational mind is sheared momentarily from the engine of our dreams, that part of us that fuels and crafts desires, longings, hopes, and wishes. We sometimes encounter things that divorce us from the corrupting coolness of reason and leave us in a state, however temporary, of u
Raeleen Lemay
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Raeleen by: Chelsey
Shelves: graphicomanga, 2017, own
Read for Book Riot's 2017 Read Harder challenge: #6 Read an all-ages comic

This was super cute, and it made me laugh pretty good a few times. I look forward to reading more of this series throughout the year!
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
cute ❤' ...more
Sara Kamjou
طنزی عالی و شخصیتپردازی منحصر به فرد.
داستان دختر بچهای که شیطنتهای آدم رو از ته دل میخندونه.
David Schaafsma
Dec 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
So this is one very joyful and adorable manga that will make you happy to be alive. This is my first encounter with this manga, and with this little green-haired girl with four pig-tails (Yotsuba means "four leaf clover") who doesn't seem to know how the world works, but is happy to explore it, in apparently randomly-occurring episodes about tv, shopping, cicadas, rain, manners, and global warming. There's an environmental theme, yes, running through it. It doesn't (at this point, anyway) appear ...more
Mar 23, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All of the Yotsuba mangas are absolutely darling. There's no real overall plot, just the goings on of a cute little girl and her adoptive father and their friends. She's both an amusement and an irritant to her neighbors who are three girls ranging in age from just a bit older than Yotsuba to college aged. Everything in the world is seen by Yotsuba as new and strange and that's what is so great about these books. The cuteness is not treacly nor saccharine, it just is something that makes me gigg ...more
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I just finished watching Azumanga Daioh anime, written by Kiyohiko Azuma, and I loved it to bits. Naturally, I wanted more of the same type of storytelling, so picking up Yotsuba & !, Azuma's celebrated manga, was a no-brainer for me. Unsurprisingly, I loved this book. It's a delightful collection of small slice of life stories set in modern Japan and centered around this peculiar small child, Yotsuba, and her family and neighbors. That's pretty much it, really — there's no huge overarching ...more
Mar 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
Yotsuba is a great manga to read in Japanese if you're a beginner-intermediate Japanese student. The dialogue is very simple (almost straight from Genki 1+2) and almost every kanji has hiragana next to it so you wont need a dictionary. Yotsuba speaks like a child, but that's what makes it so easy to understand. When Yotsuba doesnt understand something, the adults explain it to her in easy Japanese language. It's great! Also, if you get really stuck, having the pictures there is super helpful. Ev ...more
I wasn't going to read beyond the first volume but gdi I have questions
As soon as I find the exact perfect image, I'm getting a tattoo of Yotsuba, a small one, over my heart. Ok, maybe not over my heart, but I'm going to ink her onto my skin to remind me to "enjoy everything", to keep that childlike wonder as close to me as I can at all times.
Watching (literally; it's a graphic novel) Yotsuba (a pre-K kid from some other country - her name is synonymous with "four-leafed clover", thus her four-pigtailed, green hair) explore her world is a little like re-living my m
Yotsuba is probably the most endearing character I've ever read about. She has a seemingly unquenchable zeal for life; soaking everything up and constantly finding new ways to enjoy herself. Yotsuba's naivete leads to some laugh-out-loud situations. Her unfettered persona is very heartwarming from a reader's perspective. I'll definitely be borrowing more Yotsuba books from the library.

Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads
so cute loved it
Anna Coats
Feb 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 multip
Gavin Abdollahi
How to begin describing this?
Yotsuba is about a five year old girl with green hair and four pigtails, hence the name "Yotsuba" (meaning clover, I think.)
This was one of those manga that I just could not get enough of.
First off, it's HILARIOUS!
Most probably the funniest thing I've ever read!
It's also really sweet, and as the story goes on, you get more and more attached to Yotsuba and her friends.

This manga has made me laugh more times than I can count, so loud that from my room my mom and aunt
Larissa Roland
Mar 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's absolutely adorable! Yotsuba&! brings the cuteness and innocence into Manga reading. I love the fact that she can find something good about every situation.

It's the world through a child's eyes. You can get a sense of how you saw things when you were young too. It brings back memories for me; of when I thought the swimming pool had a neverending bottom. I went in six feet of water and thought there was no bottom of the pool. Yotsuba is a bit brighter than I was at age five or six, and I
Kristy ▪ The Reader Dragon
"That kid always finds enjoyment in everything. Nothing can ever get Yotsuba down."

Yotsuba&! is a slice of life manga following the adventures of an energetic, larger-than-life young girl named Yotsuba. Together with her father, she's just moved to a new house from her old house waaaaaay over there. Quickly capturing the hearts of their new neighbours, Yotsuba teaches them that life is one big adventure, and she's sure to show you too that the world is much more exciting than you could ever
This manga is absolutely hilarious and cute!
I'll definitely continue with reading it, because it makes me laugh out loud and I need it right now (well, and always, actually). :D
Yotsuba is soooo funny! And I liked how this little girl confuses everyone around her. And their facial expressions... Oh my Glob! Comic!:)
As I've said, I'll definitely be reading next volume soon. Maybe even today. Or now.
Nov 12, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
A bit hard to follow this one. I think the main character is actually an imagined person rather than an actual person and that her father has extreme problems relating to his neighbors.
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: まんが
Primo manga letto interamente in giapponese!
Simpatico, ironico, illustrazioni splendide e Yotsuba che mi fa ridere da morire. Senza mancare di quei sprazzi di malinconia impercettibili tipici dell’animo giapponese.
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
Mario Alba
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was so much fun! Super cute and charming.
Marguerite (Lady RH) ❀
Rating : lots and lots and lots of stars


Volumes read : 1 to 13
Number of reads : 10+
Genres : Comedy, slice of life

The only thing i can really say is that if you haven't read it yet, you should definitely pick it up because you're missing something. An adorable and hilarious something. This series is extremely funny and ultra refreshing. No drama, no angst, no villain, nothing even remotely bad, just pages of laughing out loud and crying from it.
Diana Ashkanani
so cute! such a feel good manga :") and adorable drawing style!
The Japanese version is easy to read. If you're looking for something fun to practice reading with, I highly recommend this manga!
Ratna Deepika
Nov 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga

I finished Vol. 12 today and I gotta say what an absolute delight it has been to read this series. I'll admit the first few chapters had me thinking "What an annoying kid!" But then, Yotsuba's innocence grows on you. It makes simple things like going to the supermarket to run an errand seem such fun! The entire series is a collection of her everyday (mis)adventures as she catches cicadas, collects chestnuts, rides her bike around but mostly goes over next door to be treated with food. Though she
Shazza Maddog
Sep 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First off, the title of the manga comes from the chapter titles – each one is labeled differently; “Yotsuba and Moving.” “Yotsuba and Global Warming” (no, I’m not kidding).

I picked up this manga because it’s by the same manga-ka as Azumanga Daioh, which just delighted me to read. Yotsuba is a young girl living with her father, Koiwai, and they have just moved to the neighborhood. Jumbo, a friend of Koiwai’s, helps Koiwai move things into the house but Yotsuba wanders off. Jumbo takes off to look
Justyn Rampa
Jan 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga, otaku-club
First, let me explain the title. Yotsuba is the name of the little girl who is the main character of this manga. The ampersand is meant to be just that so the title would literally read "Yotsuba and...". Every chapter in the manga is titled "Yotsuba and (something)" like Yotsuba and Moving! or Yotsuba and Global Warming!

So that is the title.

The actual series (considered a comedy) is about a 5 year old girl named Yotsuba who basically is learning about the world and seeing everything through the
H. M. Snow
Feb 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My impression of this manga, in two words: delightful surprise. Slice-of-life manga stories are so often a hit or miss proposition, but Yotsuba&! is simply wonderful. The title character, a little girl named Yotsuba, approaches the world and all it contains with a wide-eyed wonder that leads, naturally, to comedy more often than not, and she draws the older children and adults around her into that wonder. It's a gentle, funny, and sweet story that never falls into cloying saccharine sentimen ...more
Oct 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series is one of my favorite manga (Japanese comic) series of all time. This manga is about a girl named Yotsuba, and her daily life adventures.
Yotsuba is 5 years old, so she has a lot of free time for adventures. The main characters of this book are Yotsuba, Mr. Koiwai (her dad), and Yotsuba’s next-door neighbors, the Ayase family. This first book is about Yotsuba getting to know the neighborhood. I one of the chapters, Asagi Ayase’s friend Torah brings fireworks to set off. Yotsuba absol
A charming slice of life story that takes place in a small cheerful Japanese neighbourhood, Yotsuba is a relaxing delight for any reader. That said, it reads like the newspaaper comic it is, and occasionally falls into the all fluff, no substance category. This is, of course, fine - but while I enjoyed it, I would not say I loved it.

The story revolves around five or six year old Yotsuba, a sweet little girl living with her father. In this volume, Yotsuba and her Dad move in and meet the neighbou
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Kiyohiko Azuma (東清彦 or あずま きよひこ Azuma Kiyohiko) is a Japanese manga author and artist. His most well-known work is Azumanga Daioh. His current series is Yotsuba&!, which is serialized monthly in Dengeki Daioh magazine.

Other books in the series

Yotsuba&! (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • Yotsuba&!, Vol. 2 (Yotsuba&! #2)
  • Yotsuba&!, Vol. 03 (Yotsuba&! #3)
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