Friday, May 4, 2012

Chi’s Sweet Home, Volume 1

Chi’s Sweet Home, Volume 1
Kanata Konami
Vertical, 2010
$13.95, Paperback
February 22nd, 2012

Genre: Humor, Realistic
Age: 6+
Description: Chi is a little kitten out for a walk with her family one day when she finds herself lost. Luckily Yohei’s family runs across her and takes her home. They’d love to keep Chi but there is one strict rule in their apartment building—no pets allowed! What will they do if they can’t find Chi a new home?
Opinion: Konata must have been a cat in a previous life because he easily gets into the mind of Chi. This is a great manga for all ages, especially young tweens and cat lovers who will see a lot of familiar kitten-raising ground covered in the first volume (first trip to the vet, litter box training, etc.). The story is told from Chi’s point-of-view—her “meows” are presented as sound effects with her “actual” cat speech written in text. This manga is also unusual in that it is a Japanese series that is actually read left-to-right (American-style) instead of right-to-left (Japanese style) and the volume is in full-color which makes the artwork really stand out. Awards: Publishers Weekly Best Graphic Novels for 2010

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