Yotsuba&! by Kiyohiko Azuma

Yotsuba_vol1_coverTitleYotsuba&!

Author: Kiyohiko Azuma

ISBN: 1-4139-0317-7

Publication Date: 2003

Genre: Manga

Reading Level/Interest Age: 12 and up

Plot: Five year old Yotsuba was an orphan and was adopted by Mr. Koiwai when he was visiting another country, he found the Yotsuba and has taken her under his wing ever since. She’s a very energetic, happy, and curious little girl that is always fascinated by all the new things that she learns. When Mr. Koiwai and Yotsuba move in to town, they meet their neighbors, the Ayase family and they get a firsthand look at how odd Yotsuba can be.

Critical Evaluation: There is not a lot of depth in this manga series and it is surprising to see it in a young adult section of the library. However, the curiosity of the fun loving little girl always makes the story entertaining and so this allows some room for the little girl’s character to grow. The adorable and silly antics that Yotsuba goes on always bring a smile to the reader’s face and bring a light-hearted atmosphere.

Reader’s Annotation: The Ayase family meets their new neighbors, Mr. Koiwai and his adopted daughter Yotsuba. They are in for a big and fun surprise when they meet them.

Author: Retrieved from Wikipedia –

Kiyohiko Azuma was born on May 27, 1968 in Takasago, Hyōgo Prefecture. He is a Japanese manga author and artist. In his manga he writes under the hiragana form of his name, which has led some non-Japanese-speakers to confuse him for a woman (as they have mistaken the masculine ending -hiko for the feminine -ko). He used to use the pen name Jōji Jonokuchi in his H manga.[1] His most well-known work is Azumanga Daioh.[2] His current series is Yotsuba&!, which is serialized monthly in Dengeki Daioh magazine. Other works of his include dōjinshi titled A-ZONE (vol.0-8) involving characters from Neon Genesis EvangelionSailor Moon,Tenchi Muyo!Battle Athletes Victory and Dragon Ball among others.

Curriculum Ties:

  • Adoption/orphan
  • Caregiving

Booktalking Ideas:

  • If you had a neighbor like Yotsuba, would you be as light-hearted or patient as her neighbors are? Would you try and talk with the father of the child?

Challenging Issues: N/A

Why This Book? This book is a fun loving and light hearted book. Whenever I need a little pick-me-up, I turn to these books.

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