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Kiki’s Delivery Service [Eiko Kadono- Book Review]

Genre: Middle Grade

Publisher: Delacorte Books For Young Readers/Random House Children’s

Rating: 4 stars

I adore how this reminded me of childhood and watching the movie. Yes, it is different. But I still enjoyed the nostalgia and the story. It is a quick read, but I thought it was very well done. I could imagine this being popular with fans of the movie, those who love middle grade, and just anyone who wants a cute story.

Kiki has turned thirteen, and it is time for her to leave and see the world. Along with her cat, Jiji, she sets off to a find a town that does not have witch. The town she find is skeptical of her at first because of their wrong impressions about witches. When she arrives, she offers to deliver an item that was left behind. The person who had her deliver it was a baker, and she offers Kiki a place to stay. From this, Kiki sets up a delivery service for the town and delivers a variety of items. The story is fun, showing the adventures she embarks on and the various items she delivers. I think my favorite one was the belly band for the boat. It was so cute, I could not stop smiling.

This is different than the movie, but I think it still will resonate with fans of the movie and anyone who enjoys Japanese culture. It is just such a sweet and fun read. I could not put it down once I started. The illustrations are also fun, and I liked what they added to the story. This reminds me of the cute books I would read when I was younger, and I just really enjoy the middle grade vibes.

Four star read for me. And now I need to watch the movie soon.

Thank you so much to NetGalley and Delacorte Press for the ARC. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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