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Who's Next Door?
By (author): Mayuko Kishira Illustrated by: Jun Takabatake
9781771470711 Hardcover, Dust jacket English, Translated from: Japanese Juvenile: Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (CAN) from P - 2, Grade (US) from P - 2 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship Aug 15, 2014
$17.95 CAD
Active 7.5 x 9 x 0.38 in | 352 gr 32 pages Owlkids Books Inc.
Toronto Public Library First and Best List 2014
Chicken is thrilled when he finds out someone new has moved in next door. His quiet house deep in the woods can be lonely sometimes, and it would be so much fun to have a friend! But Chicken never catches so much as a glimpse of his neighbor, despite many days spent waiting, pacing, and knocking on his door. As it turns out, his neighbor, Owl, has been doing the same thing, yearning to meet Chicken – only he’s been doing it at night. It’s not until after the two exchange notes and mix up plans for a visit, each using his own definition of "tomorrow," that they meet fortuitously and find a creative way to enjoy each other’s friendship despite their different schedules.

A comical look at nocturnal and diurnal creatures, this simple story explores the concept of opposites in a smart, subtly funny way. Kids and adults alike will have fun anticipating the punchline, hinted at through the mix of traditional and comic panel-style artwork. Who’s Next Door? is a page-turner that will be a joy to read for the first or umpteenth time. Through its fun, heartfelt look at the anticipation that comes with new friendships, this book celebrates the fact that even those as different as night and day can form a special bond.

MAYUKO KISHIRA was born in Osaka Prefecture. She studied picture book production in the postgraduate course of the International Academy Picture Book Program. Her works include Lucky Gaako, Buta ga ki ni ataru, Helicopter-kun umi wo iku, Tire ga paan (Hisakata Child), Yokubari ookami, Shichi-nin no kogumo (Froebel-Kan), Midori-iro no kaeru chairo no kaeru (Chichi Shuppansha), and more. She currently lives in Kyoto Prefecture.

JUN TAKABATAKE was born in Aichi Prefecture. He won the Graphics Award at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair for his work in Dare no jitensha (Froebel-Kan), the Japan Picture Book Award for Oh, Suppa (Kodansha, Author: Tamio Koshino), and the Kodansha Publishing Cultural Award for Futari no namakemono (Kodansha). His works include Puuwa-tou no sora no shita (BL Shuppan), Peaceland, Otou-san no ehon, Nandesho nandesho (Ehonkan), Zou-san no otoshiana (Poplar), Juunishi no hayakuchi-kotoba ehon (Kyouikugageki), and many more. He currently lives in Gifu Prefecture.

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