Chirri & Chirra: In the Night by Kaya Doi

Chirri & Chirra: In the Night by Kaya Doi. Translated by David Boyd. Enchanted Lion Books, 2022. 9781592703845

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

Format: Hardcover picture book

Genre:  Fantasy

What did you like about the book? Chirri and Chirra are back for their eighth adventure. The adorable bicycle-riding twin girls hear the sound of music coming from the forest and set off on their identical bikes to investigate. First they find a drink stall staffed by black cats, and they drink so much full moon soda that they grow whiskers and tails and can see in the dark, like cats! The cats join the girls as they cycle deep into the forest to find the Full Moon Festival. They find food and toys that they’ve never seen before, as well as many little cats of all colors playing in a band. Finally, there are “flowerworks” around a perfectly round lake, and then the little girls bike home, back to their cozy little cottage.

This is a gentle magical adventure with two intrepid explorers who love to try new things. The lovely soft colored pastel art shows a happy world with no adults and lots of friendly cats. The smaller size makes the story that much more cozy, with the landscape orientation offering lovely panoramic views of the trip. It’s hard not to smile while reading this sweet story.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Fans of the previous adventures of Chirri and Chirra will be thrilled with this new offering.

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? Near the top

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

Date of review: October 3, 2022

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