Category Archives: Japan

Sumo Colors / Sumo Shapes by Sanae Ishida

Sumo Colors (9781632173447) / Sumo Shapes (9781632173119) by Sanae Ishida. Little Bigfoot, an imprint of Sasquatch Books, 2022. Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5 Format: Board books What did you like about the book? These adorable … Continue reading

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The Secret Forest Friends by Kyoko Hara, illustrated by Kazue Takahashi

The Secret Forest Friends by Kyoko Hara, illustrated by Kazue Takahashi. Museyon, c2019, 2022. 9781940842646 Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4 Format: Hardcover Genre:  Fantasy What did you like about the book? Mayu is going … Continue reading

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Himawari House by Harmony Becker

Himawari House by Harmony Becker, First Second, 2021. 9781250235572 Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5+ Format: Paperback graphic novel Genre: Realistic fiction What did you like about the book? Nao was born in Japan to … Continue reading

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Free Kid To Good Home by Hiroshi Ito

Free Kid To Good Home by Hiroshi Ito, translated by Cathy Hirano. Gecko Press, c1991, 2022. 9781776574421 Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4 Format: Hardcover Genre: Realistic fiction What did you like about the book? … Continue reading

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A Boy Named Isamu: A Story of Isamu Noguchi by James Yang

A Boy Named Isamu: A Story of Isamu Noguchi by James Yang. Viking, 2021. 9780593203446 Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4 Format: Hardcover Genre: Picture book What did you like about the book?  In this … Continue reading

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Tono Monogatari by Shigeru Mizuki

Tono Monogatari by Shigeru Mizuki. Translated by Zack Davisson. Drawn & Quarterly, 2021. 9781770464360 Format: Paperback graphic novel Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5 Genre:  Fantasy/folklore What did you like about the book? The folkloric tales … Continue reading

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Beyond Me –  Annie Donwerth-Chikamatsu

         Beyond Me –  Annie Donwerth-Chikamatsu, Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books, 9781481437899, 2020 Format: Hardcover Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review): 3 Genre:  Historical Fiction/Novel in Verse What did you like about the book?  Told in … Continue reading

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I Am Tama, Lucky Cat: a Japanese Legend by Wendy Henrichs, illustrated by Yoshiko Jaeggi

I Am Tama, Lucky Cat: a Japanese Legend by Wendy Henrichs, illustrated by Yoshiko Jaeggi. Peachtree (9781561455898), 2011 Format: Hardcover Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4 Genre: Picture Book What did you like about the … Continue reading

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The Star Festival by Moni Ritchie Hadley, illustrated by Mizuho Fujisawa

The Star Festival by Moni Ritchie Hadley, illustrated by Mizuho Fujisawa. Albert Whitman & Company, 9780807575956, c2021 Format: ARC, Advanced Readers Copy Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5 Genre:  Picture book What did you like about … Continue reading

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