Kokeshi: Aoki

Overview

Meet Aoki! She may be the smallest Kokeshi, but Aoki's infectious enthusiasm can make anyone laugh. On her whirlwind trip to Tokyo, she will ride a high-speed train, dance under cherry blossom trees, and visit a zen garden. With sneak-peek flaps, fun die-cuts, and lavish gatefolds, this interactive exploration will enchant Kokeshi fans of all sizes!

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Overview

Meet Aoki! She may be the smallest Kokeshi, but Aoki's infectious enthusiasm can make anyone laugh. On her whirlwind trip to Tokyo, she will ride a high-speed train, dance under cherry blossom trees, and visit a zen garden. With sneak-peek flaps, fun die-cuts, and lavish gatefolds, this interactive exploration will enchant Kokeshi fans of all sizes!

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Smart, clever and irresistibly precious (in a good way)" - The New York Times

"These adorable stories are just as sweet as a shelf full of dolls" - CoolMomPicks.com

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Aoki, a Kokeshi or a "little wooden doll with cherries in my braids and a pretty kimono," introduces herself in both Japanese and English. Packing for a visit to her friend Yoko in Tokyo, she asks the reader to help her pick from the clothing and items spread across the double pages. She rides the fast train with her pet Popo. Yoko meets her and they ride in a taxi through the crowded city to Yoko's house. Inside, we open fold-outs to see Yoko making tea while "lazy" Popo is discovered on the bed. Aoki lists, in English and Japanese, what she would like to see and do in Tokyo. After a crowded subway ride, the friends find a series of shelves in shops revealed when folds are lifted. Then they picnic with Yoko's friends. Fold-outs show the goodies in the picnic bundles. The girls relax in a small Zen garden to admire the pictures Popo has taken. The day ends with a good night and a view of Tokyo from Mount Fuji. The characters are heavily stylized; the pages are crowded with objects supplemented by the die cuts and many flaps that greatly increase the understanding of the objects mentioned in the brief text. There are also challenges to match designs with the characters wearing them. The appliqued figure of Aoki on the cover, with its cheery cuteness, prepares the reader for a pleasant, challenging, and surprisingly informative experience. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Pamela Paul
…smart, clever and irresistibly precious (in a good way)…
—The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452108094
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 3/7/2012
  • Series: Kokeshi
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 519,880
  • Age range: 1 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Annelore Parot is an illustrator and designer living in France.

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