Chirri & Chirra: The Rainy Day by Kaya Doi

Chirri & Chirra: The Rainy Day by Kaya Doi. Translated by David Boyd. Enchanted Lion, 2021. 9781592703074

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre:  Fantasy

What did you like about the book? Two little identical girls (sisters? besties?) have an epic bicycle journey of the imagination. It’s a cloudy day and Chirri and Chirra decide to go for a ride. The sound of their bicycle bells -“Dring-dring, dring-dring!”- is the signal that their adventure begins. They encounter a shop in the forest which is only open on rainy days where they sip teas and eat frozen raindrop candy. As the girls pedal away they begin to float, and discover that they are riding through the clouds on top of upside down rain! More adventures follow in this “wonderful day in the rain,” until Chirri and Chirra float down gently after eating magical gumdrops which turn into balloons.

The colored pencil art creates a softly glowing, magical landscape of friendly animals and sweet treats. It’s a small book, longer than it is wide, which allows panoramic views of the little girls on their bikes traversing the terrain of their imagination. It’s a sweet, gentle story where kindness abounds. This Japanese import is seventh in a winning series and I have loved each one.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  For readers who enjoy gentle, cozy forays of the imagination.

Who should buy this book? Day care centers and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: July 17, 2021

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