Monday, January 16, 2017

Chirri and Chirra

Chirri and Chirra by Kaya Doi, Translated from the Japanese by Yuki Kaneko (2016) #ownvoices

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a book that charmed me more than this delightful confection. Chirri and Chirra wake up one day ready for an adventure, so they set off into the woods for a bicycle ride. They stop at the forest café for tea, the forest bakery for bread and jam, and spend the night at the forest hotel—where they join the forest sing-along from the balcony of their room. Pure delight.  It’s a tiny book with tiny details, so probably best for small to medium-sized groups.

Themes/topics: bikes, adventures, fantasy, tea, size

Sample text from two and a half spreads:
After a while, they arrive at the forest hotel. They go inside and ask for a room for the night. One the wall they see keys of all different sizes.

The doors are different sizes too. The hotel clerk takes them to a door that is just right for them.

The beds are just the right size too! Perfect for a good night’s sleep. 

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