Reading Level: All ages
Genre: Graphic Novel/Humor
Length: 168 pages
Release Date: June 29, 2010
Stand Alone or Series: 1st book in the Chi’s Sweet Home series
Source: Borrowed from Library
Rating: 5/5 stars
Oh, the cuteness! This is an awesome graphic novel that is excellent for all ages and definitely a must read for cat lovers.
Chi (the kitten) gets lost from his mother and then found by a toddler boy. The toddler (Yohei) convinces his mother to take the cat home until they find its owner. Yohei and his family live in an apartment where they can’t have pets. However, as Yohei’s family struggles to find a new home for Chi, they get more and more attached to the little guy. Chi also gets more and more attached to his people and is less anxious to find his kitty mom.
The drawings are cartoony with lots of pastel colors. They are very cute and do an excellent job of showing character emotion (including kitty feelings). They will make you laugh and laugh. I am not sure I would recommend this to someone who doesn’t like cats, but if you enjoy cats this book will have you laughing your butt off.
Chi is a kitten with a lot of attitude and that “sweet kitten vulnerability” everyone loves. We get to watch as Chi settles into her new home, wins over the family, takes her first vet trip, discovers super balls, and dodges the neighbors. The book is told from Chi’s perspective.
This really is fun for all ages. Yohei is fairly young, maybe four or five, and him and Chi get up to some crazy antics. My whole family enjoyed this. I have a seven year old son and he could relate to a lot of scenes between Chi and Yohei. Seriously we read this as a family and could barely even get through parts because everyone was laughing so hard. As soon as we finished the book my son wanted to know if we could get the next one.
Overall incredibly cute and hilariously funny with wonderful illustrations throughout. Definitely recommended to cat lovers of all ages out there, seriously this was an awesome read.