15 August, 2015

Yotsuba&! 1 by Kiyohiko Azuma

Yotsuba&! (Yotsuba and...) is a manga story about a young girl named Yotsuba Koiwai who has moved to a new neighbourhood. Each chapter of the manga revolves around Yotsuba's everyday adventures with her dad, the next-door Ayase sisters and various people around town.

​This manga is awesome and is one of the few reasons I drop whatever I'm reading, turn off any visual media and tell my niece to 'clear off' (bad uncle), just so I can giggle at Yotsuba and her friends. Well half-truths aside, Yotsuba is pure great fun. Each chapter takes Yotsuba's five-year-old point of view and unfolds with a delightful innocence. Yotsuba will engage in whatever takes her fancy, succeeding, failing, and learning, and you will enjoy reading about it. Simple as that.

​Kiyohiko Azuma has a great feel for these slice of life stories and Yotsuba&! is an example of stories that are both fun-loving and enjoyable, but also grounded in a realism that readers of all ages will enjoy. The artwork is also clean and expressive which adds to the tone.

Got kids? Introduce them to this manga. It's one that you can both enjoy together. Don't have kids? Just say you're picking something out for a niece or nephew and read it yourself (I won't tell). I can't really recommend this all ages book highly enough.

For those a little older, check out Kiyohiko Azuma's other manga: Azumanga Daioh, also a super excellent fun read.

Title: Yotsuba&! 1
Author: Kiyohiko Azuma

Recommended by James W, Sir Edmund Hillary Library Papakura

James W was once told to sleep with one eye open, he failed. James is also rubbish at Tekken.

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