Friday, October 2, 2020

Kiki's Delivery Service by Eiko Kadono (MG Fantasy Book Review)


Kiki's Delivery Service
by Eiko Kadono

Translated by Emily Balistrieri
Published by Delacorte Press
on July 7, 2020
(first published in 1985)
Genre: MG / YA, Fantasy
Length: 193 pages
Ages: 10 - 12 years

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Nostalgic fans of the 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. 

My Thoughts:

Newly translated for an American audience, Kiki's Delivery Service is the beloved story of a young girl and her cat, Jiji, both of which go off into the world to choose a town and start her own business to survive her first year as a witch.   

Kiki chooses to become a witch and learn her mother's craft at the age of ten. Once she turns thirteen she is destined to set off out into the world in search of a town in need of a helpful witch. She finds a big town by the sea and, with the help of a kind woman, sets up her very own delivery service! 

This is such a charming story!
It's been years since I last saw the film adaptation so my memory of it was vague but this ended up being a super cute and nostalgic read! It's a very family-friendly story and makes a great read aloud! 

I definitely recommend to young readers or anyone that wants a non-spooky story for the Halloween season, or just any time!
Fans of the film will love this beautiful hardcover edition! 


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