Chi's Sweet Home, Volume 1

Chi's Sweet Home, Volume 1

by Konami Kanata


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Chi is a michievous newborn kitten who, while on a leisurely stroll with her family, finds herself lost. Seperated from the warmth and protection of her mother, feels distraught. Overcome with loneliness she breaks into tears in a large urban park meadow., when she is suddenly rescued by a young boy named Yohei and his mother. The kitty is then quickly and quietly whisked away into the warm and inviting Yamada family apartment...where pets are strictly not permitted.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781934287811
Publisher: Vertical, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/29/2010
Series: Chi's Sweet Home Series , #1
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.34(h) x 0.46(d)

About the Author

Konami Kanata (pen name used by Kanata Konami) was born on July 3, 1958, in Nagano, Japan.  A veteran manga artist Konami made her professional debut in 1982 with the serialized comic Petit Cat Jam-Jam for Kodansha's semenal shoujo manga magazine NakaYoshi. The daughter of an elementary school teacher, most of Konami's stories are for readers of all ages making her one of the most accessible artists in recent history.

In her nearly thirty year career, Konami has penned more than a dozen comic series, with the majority of them focusing on cats and pets. Konami is well regarded within the pet-manga community for her keen sense of cat ecology. Her ability to observe and render feline behavior has earned her respect from the Japanese manga community as a whole. While most of her properties were published for a younger female demographic, her most recent series Chi's Sweet Home is currently being published by Kodansha's Morning magazine, Japan's leading comic magazine for adult readers.

Proving that quality can be found even in the cutest of sources.
Chi's Sweet Home will be Konami's first translated work.

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Chi's Sweet Home, Volume 1 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a very cute book
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reason for Reading: This is a Cybils '10 nominee and required reading for me as a graphic novels panelist.I've had pet cats in the past but I'm not what you could call one of those "cat people" so it's hard to believe, but I was completely charmed with this book. An easy book to read with many wordless panels and sparse simple text that can be read by any 2nd grader. The illustrations virtually tell the story by themselves they are so expressive. This is the story of a little kitten, a few months old, that gets lost and is found by a toddler and rescued by his parents even though their apartment does not allow pets. They intend to find a home for the kitten but as they try and fail to find anyone willing to take her, the kitten, eventually named Chi, becomes part of the family and they keep her secretly. This book really gets into the mind of a kitten and is hilarious at interpreting the world as seen through the eyes of a cat. I burst out laughing several times, it was so funnily true. At times I wondered though who the book was really written for, children or those grown-ups who love cats. There is a specially poignant story line where the kitten, after being taken to the vet by the Daddy, won't let him near her and the Dad tries several ways to get back into her good graces with not much success. A scene of him stroking her while she sleeps is strikingly sad. But don't worry Chi finds out Dad is fun again all on her own. For any children's library with a popular manga section this series is going to be a must have. I just loved it!!PS - Several days after reading the book, I found myself on the phone with my 21 yo son, a cat person, and ended up telling him the story of this book almost verbatim and had him laughing. Needless to say, I've promised he can read it when he's down for Christmas!
SqueakyChu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book of cat cartoons begins with a kitten who eventually gets adopted into a family with a little boy. Most of the book¿s pages are filled with the kitten moving about in different directions (with sound words to accompany those movements) as well as short thoughts (kitten language?) and a few meows by the kitten who gets the name of Chi. The book itself doesn¿t present much of a story, but the chapters are certainly cute and would be appealing to those who love cats. An occasional frame made me laugh out loud because of the book¿s "spot on" cat psychology. If you¿re looking for a ¿feline light¿ read, this could be the quick read you're seeking!
HilarySI624 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In Chi's Sweet Home, a little boy and his family adopt a lost kitten, and each character has to adjust to the new family situation. Kanata Konami's text is minimal, but together with the adorable illustrations Chi's adventures in her new home come across with both humor and insight. The simple illustrations are abundant, providing a lot of visual interest for transitional readers. While the story is not particularly nuanced, it would serve as an adequate introduction for children to the joys and pitfalls of life with a pet. It could also be useful in discussions of family life in different settings as well as spatial reasoning, as the author also provided a floor plan for the family¿s apartment. Parents should beware, however: Chi¿s family adopts her despite pet restrictions in their housing complex, and it may give children ideas. This book is recommended for all public libraries, especially with large Asian immigrant populations, or patrons that simply enjoy asian-style illustrations.