Review: Kiki’s Delivery Service: by Eiko Kadona

Goodreads Summary:

Nostalgic fans of the Miyazaki film and newcomers alike–soar into the modern classic about a young witch and her clever cat that started it all!

Half-witch Kiki never runsfrom a challenge. So when her thirteenth birthday arrives, she’s eager to follow a witch’s tradition: choose a new town to call home for one year.

Brimming with confidence, Kiki flies to the seaside village of Koriko and expects that her powers will easily bring happiness to the townspeople. But gaining the trust of the locals is trickier than she expected. With her faithful, wise-cracking black cat, Jiji, by her side, Kiki forges new friendships and builds her inner strength, ultimately realizing that magic can be found in even the most ordinary places.

Blending fantasy with the charm of everyday life, this enchanting new translation will inspire both new readers and dedicated fans.


My Review

I’ll confess I didn’t get into Studio Ghibli movies until I was 18. I was taken with Kiki’s Delivery Service right off the bat. So when I saw that they had adapted the story in English I was so excited to get my hands on it and find out more. I had also just recently shown the movie to my boyfriend’s kiddos who loved it, so my enthusiasm for it was even more fresh!

This story did not disappoint, it honestly brought on all the feels and was adorable from start to finish. I will say that it was definitely very different from the movie, but not in a bad way. I was also hoping for a little more clarity on the way things pan out in the movie, and you really only receive a little bit of this. Regardless, I found the story to be a happy read and the movie to be a great representation of how Kiki and Jiji’s personalities are written. I would highly recommend you read this one if you’re a Studio Ghibli fan and especially if you have 9-12 year olds that are looking for a magical quick read. 

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