Sunday, May 23, 2010

Yotsuba&! 1 by Kiyohiko Azuma

Title: Yotsuba&! Vol. 1
Author: Kiyohiko Azuma
Illustrator: Kiyohiko Azuma
Publisher: ADV Manga
Copyright: 2005
Price: N/A
ISBN: 1-4176-9231-6
Summary: Green haired, young girl, Yotsuba and her dad have just moved into a new neighborhood. For Yotsuba, this means new friends with the three sisters next door and more exciting adventures. In her first day exploring, Yotsuba pretends to be a cicada, on an electrical pole, and learns who her new neighbors are in a surprising way. The next day, Yotsuba forgets that her and her father has moved. After a word from her father, she remembers and starts another day of adventures, by climbing out the bathroom window. Throughout the volume, she learns about air conditioning and global warming while the readers learn that Yotsuba was adopted by her father and that Yotsuba loves life.
Thoughts: What isn’t there to love about crazy, life loving Yotsuba? From the creator of Azumanga Daioh, Yotsuba&! is a story about a young girl learning the ways of the world. She is comedic in her naivety and loveable for the same reason. This is laugh out loud, good clean fun (with a little bit of sexual humor) prompting the reader to look at the world the way Yotsuba does. This is, to me, a classic manga title that every collection should have.
Will Teens Like It? Probably. It is a funny story and you just can’t put it down until you know Yotsuba is safe and back at home.
Things to be aware of: slight sexual humor
Bonus: Reviewed a library copy (which is a library edition).

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