Well friends, last week I promised you a supremely cute book. Maybe I said 'cutest book in the world'?? It was definitely something along those lines. And please argue with me down in the comments if you think I'm wrong, but I think I super delivered on that promise and THEN SOME, because I'm pretty sure that 'Chirri & Chirra' by Kaya Doi (and translated from Japanese by Yuki Kaneko) is not only the most adorable book in the world, but let's make a bolder statement, shall we? THE CUTEST BOOK IN THE UNIVERSE.
I saw this in a local bookstore a few weeks ago....I was moseying along, minding my own business. And when I saw this book on display, oh how I gasped. You all know I'm a huge gasper, right? Is gasper a word? Anyway, it's really embarrassing how much I gasp, at least it is to my child.
But I gasped, and then I snatched. And then I paid. It doesn't matter that this picture book is too young for my daughter at this point - this one belongs in my Keep Forever collection and HELLO I have future grandchildren to think of now! Yes I know my daughter is ten years old! But I have to think of the grandkids! (actually I think I'm going to invite myself over to my neighbor's house and read it to her four year old.)
Look at the picture immediately below these words. Look. THOSE ARE THE END PAPERS.
I have to take this pause to tell you that I am now straight up obsessed with the artwork of Kaya Doi. And.....MORE GASPING.....there's going to be a new book in spring 2017! 'Chirri & Chirra, The Springtime Meadow'. Why yes. I will be buying this.
They ride their bikes. They have a picnic at a pond. They take a nap.
After getting all settled and snuggled down in their hotel room, the children are told that there will be a concert in the forest that evening. BECAUSE IT'S THAT KIND OF FOREST.
The kiddos, and other various and assorted animals all join and sing along with the music.
Are. You. Kidding. Me.
Oh and I think I have to get 'At Rainha's Garden', which is about changing seasons, even though it's all in Japanese, which I don't speak. But I do speak beautiful art appreciation and well, just look at that cover! Doi's art utilizes colored pencils, pastels, and crayons - and the slightly smudged, hazy effect totally lends to the dreamlike feel of the illustrations. Her work is very well known in Japan, and I'm hoping hoping hoping that more of it shows up in English bookstores!
This is a perfect book. Go. Buy one for every tiny tot you know. Spread some beauty.