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Eiko Kadono

Author of Kiki's Delivery Service

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About the Author

Eiko Kadono is a Japanese children's book author. She is the author of numerous books. Her most famous work is Kiki's Delivery Service. It was developed into a series and adapted into an animated film. She is the winner of the 2018 Hans Christian Andersen Award for writing. Her work has made an show more important and lasting contribution to children's literature. (Bowker Author Biography) show less


Works by Eiko Kadono

Kiki's Delivery Service (1985) 680 copies, 19 reviews
Grandpa's Soup (1999) 73 copies, 10 reviews
Kikis kleiner Lieferservice (2005) 4 copies, 1 review
魔女からの手紙 (1997) — Author — 2 copies
おそとがきえた! (2009) 2 copies
Kiki la petite sorcière (2019) 2 copies
Bébé arrive ! 2 copies
Ōdorobō Burabura-shi (2011) 1 copy
Iekosan (2007) 1 copy
Où est mon trésor? (1988) 1 copy, 1 review
ラストラン (2011) 1 copy, 1 review

Associated Works

Kiki's Delivery Service [1989 film] (1989) — Original novel — 460 copies, 4 reviews
Don't Read This! : And Other Tales of the Unnatural (1994) — Contributor — 25 copies
Kiki's Delivery Service [2014 Movie] (2014) — Original novel — 2 copies


Common Knowledge



Die kleine Hexe Kiki ist 13 Jahre alt und damit in dem Alter von zu Hause auszufliegen und in einer anderen Stadt ihren Lebensunterhalt selbst zu verdienen. Dabei gibt es einiges zu beachten und da Kiki leider kein Talent für das Brauen von Heiltränken oder Hexenmedizin besitzt, bleibt nur das Fliegen auf ihrem Besen als ihre Berufung. Ein Lieferservice ist die Lösung.
Mir fehlt insgesamt die leichte, freundliche Grundstimmung, mit der ich die Verfilmung gesehen habe. Kiki ist lieb und sympathisch und kann keine Bitte abschlagen. Aber sie begegnet arroganten und griesgrämigen Menschen, die ihr auch selbst auf die Stimmung schlagen. Zuerst ist da ihre Mutter, eine übergriffige Person, die alles besser weiß und Kiki keine Entscheidung selbst treffen lässt. Das ging mir schon in den ersten Kapiteln gegen den Strich. Glücklicherweise geht es in der Geschichte um den Aufbruch in eine neue Stadt, so dass die kleine Hexe bald nicht mehr von ihrer Helikopterhexenmama gegängelt wird. Doch aller (Neu-)Anfang ist schwer und so macht die arme Kiki eben nicht nur angenehme Erfahrungen in der Fremde. Glücklicherweise ist sie in Begleitung ihres lieben Katers Jiji, der sie nach Kräften unterstützt.
Die Kapitel sind von einer angenehmen Länge. In einem flüssigen Erzähltempo und Schriftbild lässt sich die Geschichte leicht verfolgen. Die Erlebnisse der jungen Protagonistin sind manchmal abenteuerlich, an einigen Stellen etwas realitätsfern, aber dennoch schön zu lesen.
Ich hätte mir mehr Illustrationen im Buch gewünscht. Aber die wenigen, die ein paar Seiten zieren, sind sehr hübsch und detailreich, obwohl in schwarz-weiß gehalten.
Im Großen und Ganzen handelt es sich hier um ein wirklich niedliches und kindgerechtes Buch. Aber es bietet keinen Vergleich zu dem Film aus dem Hause Ghibli.
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Wolfbib | May 14, 2024 |
Witches exist in the world of this book, but there aren't a lot of them, and magical knowledge and powers are starting to fade away with each generation. The only magic Kiki is capable of is flying on her broom. She also has Jiji, one of the black cats that all young witches are raised with.

Kiki is about to turn thirteen, the age at which young witches strike off on their own and find a new town to call home for a year. Although her mother advises her to not choose a big city, Kiki wants more excitement and ends up settling in Koriko. It's daunting at first - no one seems to be very interested in having a witch live in their town - but Kiki manages to carve out a place for herself by starting a delivery service. Her first customer, Mrs. Osono, helps by giving her a place to stay.

Throughout the rest of her first year, Kiki meets new people, delivers everything from a painting to a giant belly band, and gains more confidence in her abilities.

It's been ages since I watched this movie, and I didn't even realize until I heard about this book coming out that it was based on a novel (or series as a whole?). I thought this was charming, although certainly aimed at a younger audience than the stuff I normally read. The translation felt smooth and natural, and I'd easily recommend this to young readers interested in some light coming-of-age fantasy.

Although it's mentioned at the beginning that Kiki and Jiji will eventually go their separate ways, that doesn't happen in this particular book, so no worries about that.

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)
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Familiar_Diversions | 18 other reviews | Dec 31, 2023 |
This book delivers on the charm and magic. Just as wonderful as the famous film (based off the book), this is a story about the perils and joys of growing up, the wonder of the world, and the beauty of returning home.
ryantlaferney87 | 18 other reviews | Dec 8, 2023 |
Timeless Studio Ghibli

If you could get a warm hug from a book, it would be this book. After reading this I just wanted to polish a broom (first find one seeing as the Roomba has put it out of commission) gather up one of my puppies, maybe Pippin (I don't have a cat - damn my allergies, Jiji is adorable) and take to the blue skies with a little portable radio to listen to some sweet sounds.

I love that the world in which this story takes place is not a dark world like ours. A 10-13 year old "coming of age" is a petrifying thing. A 10-13 year old moving away from home to live in another city and help strangers - damn unthinkable. But this book makes you forget the harsh realities of Earth season 2023 and transports you firmly to a world where people like Osono make you feel at home, where ships are littered with belly-band covered wine bottles, where love poems are scribbled on leaves and bring joy, where bells that ring at the stroke of midnight on New Years Eve bring pinkie promises and folksy races around a quaint but massive city.

I loved this journey so much for it's slice of life simplicity with a dash of wonderous magic.

Listen, can you hear it?

Book 3: Readathon
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RoadtripReader | 18 other reviews | Aug 24, 2023 |



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