Kiki's Delivery Service
Kiki's Delivery Service
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Annotation: Nostalgic fans of the Hiyao Miyazaki film and newcomers alike--soar into the modern classic about a young witch and her ... more
Catalog Number: #206688
Format: Library Binding
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Publisher: Random House
Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Illustrator: Onoda, Yuta,
Pages: ix, 193 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-9848966-8-7
ISBN 13: 978-1-9848966-8-1
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2019042296
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
Kirkus Reviews
A young witch makes her way in the world, encountering adventure and friendship along the way.On her coming-of-age day, 13-year-old Kiki and her talking black cat, Jiji, fly on her broom to find a town in need of a witch. Kiki settles in Koriko, a busy, seaside city. The citizens aren’t used to witches, but Kiki’s charming, helpful nature eventually wins them over as they come to rely on her titular business. Whether she’s saving swimmers at the beach, delivering a secret love note, or ensuring the success of the New Year’s celebration, Kiki’s first year in Koriko is anything but dull! Readers may already be familiar with Kiki from Hayao Miyazaki’s 1989 film version. Originally published in Japan in 1985, the book first appeared in the U.S. with illustrations by Akiko Hayashi and in a translation by Lynne E. Riggs. This new translation from Balistrieri is descriptive and whimsical, and both characters’ names and their appearances in Onoda’s anime-inflected illustrations create a Japanese-inspired fantasy world. The characters’ quirkiness creates the feeling that Kiki’s future will be filled with countless friends and adventures. There are mishaps galore but never any real danger, as Kiki always finds a solution using creativity, intelligence, and a dash of magic. Families looking for a book to share will appreciate the episodic chapters.An enchanting, gently humorous all-ages family read-aloud. (Fantasy. 5-12)
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School Library Journal
Reading Level: 5.1
Interest Level: 4-7
Lexile: 670L

Nostalgic fans of the Hiyao Miyazaki film and newcomers alike--soar into the modern classic about a young witch and her clever cat that started it all!

Half-witch Kiki never runs from a challenge. So when her thirteenth birthday arrives, she's eager to follow a witch's tradition: choose a new town to call home for one year.

Brimming with confidence, Kiki flies to the seaside village of Koriko and expects that her powers will easily bring happiness to the townspeople. But gaining the trust of the locals is trickier than she expected. With her faithful, wise-cracking black cat, Jiji, by her side, Kiki forges new friendships and builds her inner strength, ultimately realizing that magic can be found in even the most ordinary places.

Blending fantasy with the charm of everyday life, this enchanting new translation will inspire both new readers and dedicated fans.

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