Nostalgic fans of the Hiyao 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.
"A gentle story of magic-tinged independence."--The Wall Street Journal
"An enchanting, gently humorous all-ages family read-aloud."--Kirkus Reviews
"A classic tale, this new translation is perfect."--School Library Journal
About the Author
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.
"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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