Kiki's Delivery Service (English book)

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Kiki's Delivery Service
Kiki book bound USA cover.jpg
Front Cover
Author Eiko Kadono
Translator Lynne E. Riggs
Illustrator Akiko Hayashi
Cover artist John Perlock
Country USA
Language English
Publisher Annick Press
Released February 2003
Media type Hardcover
Pages 176
Size and weight Hardcover - 8 x 5.8 x 0.6 in
Paperback - 8.1 x 6.4 x 0.4 in, 5.9 oz
ISBN -10: 1-55037-789-2 (hardcover)
-13: 978-1550377897
-10: 1-55037-788-4 (paperback)
-13: 978-1550377880

Price: $18.95 USD (hardcover)

Price: $6.95 USD (paperback)

Notes: The English text is written at about an eight- to ten-year-old's reading level. There is no overarching plot; the book is episodic, a series of "adventures" Kiki has in her new town of Koriko. She visits the beach for the first time, in a borrowed (but yes, black!) swimsuit, and has her broom stolen; she delivers a love poem; she carries a package to a tramp-steamer's captain, and helps him to preserve his cargo; she helps the town to ring in the New Year. It's great fun to see the origins of some of the details included in the movie ("Tombo", we're told, is Japanese for "dragonfly"; his friends nicknamed him that for his huge glasses).

According to the "About the Author" blurb at the book's front, Eiko Kadono lives in the city of Kamakura, and is currently working on a fourth Kiki novel.

This edition includes the original illustrations by Akiko Hayashi, but has a new cover illustration credited to John Perlock.

Paperback cover
Paperback cover