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Kiki's Delivery Service Hardcover – Illustrated, 7 July 2020

4.8 out of 5 stars 1,105 ratings

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A fantastical story of a charming witch. . . . Kadono crafts a vulnerable, likable character in Kiki and readers will surely connect with her . . . 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. A classic tale, this new translation is perfect for read-alouds and will find a welcome home in any library. --School Library Journal

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. . . . An enchanting, gently humorous all-ages family read-aloud." --Kirkus Reviews

A gentle story of magic-tinged independence. --The Wall Street Journal

Kadono's endearing, encouraging novel memorably shows that though the new can be scary, it can also be wonderful and make one a better person. --Booklist

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Eiko Kadono has published nearly two hundred original works and received many accolades, including but not limited to the Hans Christian Andersen Award and a place on the IBBY Honor List for Kiki's Delivery Service. She lives in the Kanagawa prefecture of Japan.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Delacorte Press; Illustrated edition (7 July 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 208 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1984896660
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1984896667
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 9 - 12 years
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 14.76 x 1.96 x 21.92 cm
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Callum
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Edition of my Favorite Story
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 July 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Edition of my Favorite Story
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 July 2020
Kiki's Delivery Service (1989) is my favorite film of all time, and for my money one of the best animated movies ever made. So when I discovered that not only was the film based on a popular novel, but also that the very same book was a rare collector's item, having been out of print in English for over a decade and a half, I couldn't say no to this new release.

The book arrived in a slim, cardboard envelope in excellent condition. It has a hardcover, coptic-stitch binding coated in a kind of textured red paper. The title of the is book written along the spine in silver lettering, with a silouhette of a cat (presumably Jiji) embevelled into the front cover. It's a simple design, but it really made me smile and presumably would stand up to a lot of wear and tear.

It comes with the dust jacket pre-fitted like most hard-cover books of this type, featuring full colour illustration by Yuta Onoda, who also replaces the original engraving art on the interior. The flowing, Japanese comic book style with heavy use of watercolours give the film and the book a sense of visual continuity. Overall I think they did a good job.

Kiki's Delivery Service was originally written in Japanese, and whilst I am trying to learn the language, I don't know nearly enough to give specific feedback on how this English version compares to the original. The text in this edition is brought to you by Emily Balistrieri, who also seems to have done rather well.

Kiki seems a lot more brash somehow... not sure why, but it's not enough to make me want to put the book down. Everyone else is about how I expected. I was surprised to learn that Jiji was indeed that snarky in the book as he is in the film. I can't help but read his lines in Phil Hartman's voice, and that fills me with profound sadness...

I haven't read the whole thing in full as of this review, but I what little I did read was extremely pleasant to sit through, with virtually none of the issues you used to see in English localisations of Japanese media way back in the 80's and early 90's. All character names are totally in line with the 1998 Buena-Vista dub of the film, so in case you were worried about that, it isn't an issue. I can't wait to devour it all.

Also, this particular release doesn't use Jokerman for chapter titles... thank you! As someone with a very specific allergy to stock Microsoft fonts, I find this to be a very welcome change from previous editions only available on dodgy websites online. The typesetting in general is excellent. Can't fault it.

Even if you've never heard of Kiki before, you should definitely pick this up.
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Anna
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical original story that inspired the Studio Ghibli film beautifully illustrated
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 April 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars Birthday present
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 4 October 2020
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GCH
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute story about a young witch
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 April 2021
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Caroline Gregory
5.0 out of 5 stars If you loved the cartoon you will love this!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 April 2021
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