Chirri & Chirra, in the Night (Chirri & Chirra #8)

by Kaya Doi (Author)

Chirri & Chirra, in the Night (Chirri & Chirra #8)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: Chirri & Chirra

Chirri and Chirra frolic in the moonlight in the latest whimsical adventure of this much-beloved picture-book series from Japan.

With the light of their trusty bicycles and a glorious full moon illuminating the darkness, Chirri and Chirra go on a nighttime adventure, accompanied by their new cat friends. From fizzy full-moon drinks that give them cat ears and tails to sparkling flower necklaces that grant them access to a special night market, the inseparable duo enjoys all the dreamy treats that the Full Moon Festival has to offer, basking in the warmth and light of discovery, generosity, and friendship.

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Kirkus Reviews

Chirri and Chirra are game for adventures and trusting of the characters they meet. Nothing remotely frightening interferes; it is all pure, gentle magic, fantasy, and lively imagination throughout. Sweet, wonderful make-believe. More of this duo, please.

School Library Journal

In this latest addition to the popular Japanese series, Chirri and Chirra, identical sisters, ride their bicycles into an enchanted forest on a moonlit night. There they join the Full Moon Festival and have a fanciful adventure. There are many cats, magic drinks that give the girls cat tails and whiskers, and flowerworks, like fireworks, to light up the night. Animal crackers run into the night, and a cat band offers joyful music. Their friendly cat hosts provide entertainment, magic, and friendship. Muted illustrations in pencil and pastel complement the gentle story, which will be enjoyed for its playfulness and humor. A very worthwhile, calming addition for story time or one-on -one reading. VERDICT This exceptionally tender work will be a soothing read-aloud at story hours.—Eva Elisabeth VonAncken

Copyright 2022 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Review quotes

"This is a gentle magical adventure with two intrepid explorers who love to try new things. The lovely soft colored pastel art shows a happy world with no adults and lots of friendly cats. The smaller size makes the story that much more cozy, with the landscape orientation offering lovely panoramic views of the trip. It's hard not to smile while reading this sweet story. Fans of the previous adventures of Chirri and Chirra will be thrilled with this new offering." —Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library (Arlington, MA), Youth Services Book Review, STARRED REVIEW

"3- to 8-year-olds will read with envy. In cozy, soft and inviting pictures, we see Chirri and Chirra receive flowers strung on necklaces to use as tickets when they join all manner of cats at a Full Moon Festival... Conjuring realms of kindly animals and witty, serendipitous delights, Kaya Doi's work exudes real childhood magic." Wall Street Journal

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.

David Boyd is assistant professor of Japanese at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His translations have appeared in Monkey Business International, Granta, and Words Without Borders, among other publications.

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Enchanted Lion Books
Publication date
December 27, 2022
Chirri & Chirra
BISAC categories
JUV039060 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Friendship
JUV002050 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Cats
JUV051000 - Juvenile Fiction | Imagination & Play
JUV050000 - Juvenile Fiction | Cooking & Food
Library of Congress categories
Picture books
Bicycles and bicycling

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