Chirri & Chirra, On the Town (Chirri & Chirra #5)

by Kaya Doi (Author)

Chirri & Chirra, On the Town (Chirri & Chirra #5)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: Chirri & Chirra

In this fifth book of perhaps the most charming series ever, Chirri and Chirra venture down forest paths and through alleyways into a yarn shop and an old woman's house, where they enjoy hot drinks and soup. When they're done, they find a wonderful surprise hidden in the branches of a tree. Memorable for Doi's luminous appreciation of the natural world as well as her respect for beautiful edibles, this new installment is sure to delight!

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Kirkus Reviews

Most shops’ signs display Japanese characters, but the town’s denizens exhibit a variety of racial presentations; the protagonists have pale skin, rosy cheeks, black pageboys, and blue dot eyes. Darling.

School Library Journal

Doi brings back the bobbed-hair twins introduced in Chirri & Chirra, The Snowy Day and other titles. Here, the pair ride their bikes to purchase yarn, and travel to a weaver who quickly creates decorative scarves for them as they sip hot drinks. Leaving, they hear "Chiri-Chirira" and think someone's calling them. The girls bike again, but stop at a "beautiful house" where a granny invites them in for snacks. They hear the call again, and follow the sound to discover a bluebird couple celebrating their trio of newborns with a bevy of colorful birds. VERDICT This cozy tale is as soothing as the soft crayon-and-pastel illustrations. Best shared one-on-one to pore over the delicately detailed images.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA

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Review quotes

These whimsical stories are low on the angst scale and high on the charm meter...Doi is known for her softly styled drawings on rich creamy paper. She creates the illustrations in these books with colored pencils, pastels, and crayons, crafting them to give an old-world feel, a time of innocence and simplicity. The exquisite art radiates joy and has a dreamy quality to it that reflects how children imagine their ideal world to be. These delightful books are a welcome escape for young children from their anxieties...Curiosity is a good thing, and it is wonderful for children to see that joy awaits at the other end of curious inquiry. --International Examiner
Kaya Doi
Born in Tokyo, Japan, Kaya Doi graduated with a degree in design from Tokyo Zokei University. She got her start in picture books by attending the Atosaki Juku Workshop, held at a Tokyo bookshop specializing in children's books. Since then she has created many picture books featuring her delicate color-pencil drawings. She lives in Chiba Prefecture and maintains a strong interest in environmental and animal welfare issues. Since the earthquake of 2011 she has been active in recovery and shelter efforts for abandoned pets.

Yuki Kaneko was born and educated in Japan. She is a sculptor, a translator, an urban naturalist, and a botanist. She works on New York City's High Line and lives in Brooklyn with her family.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Enchanted Lion Books
Publication date
December 31, 2019
Chirri & Chirra
BISAC categories
JUV023000 - Juvenile Fiction | Lifestyles | City & Town Life
JUV013070 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | Siblings
JUV030020 - Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | Asia
JUV050000 - Juvenile Fiction | Cooking & Food
Library of Congress categories
Picture books
City and town life
Adventure and adventurers
Voyages and travels
Bicycles and bicycling

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