Kiki’s Delivery Service

Delacorte. Jul. 2020. 208p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781984896667. POP.
Gr 4 Up–This fantastical story of a charming witch, originally published in 1985 and adapted into the beloved Hiyao Miyazaki film, has been translated from Japanese to English. When Kiki turns 13, witch tradition mandates that she must leave her family and set out on her own. With her sidekick, a black cat named Gigi, Kiki settles in the village of Koriko. Drawing upon her talents as a witch, Kiki establishes her own delivery service. Throughout her first year of working and living in Koriko, Kiki meets new friends who brighten her days, embarks on exciting adventures, and is launched on a journey of self-discovery. Kadono crafts a vulnerable, likable character in Kiki and readers will surely connect with her. Young readers will delight in Kiki’s humorous experiences and will relate to her worries. This #OwnVoices fantasy novel offers a glimpse into a few aspects of Japanese culture.
VERDICT A classic tale, this new translation is perfect for read-alouds and will find a welcome home in any library. Recommended.

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