Chi’s Sweet Home

Chi's Sweet Home, Volume 12Chi’s Sweet Home by Kanata Konami
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It has been truly delightful getting to know the kitten Chi and the boy Yohei and their friends and families. The drawings capture the essence of kittenhood perfectly. As a cat “mom” all of Chi’s antics and dilemmas are thoroughly familiar to me. I’m a sucker for cats, but the author has a real gift for capturing the essence of catness. The drawings are simple but depict cat behavior to a T. Yes, it is for kids, but I loved every page of it. This story of a lost kitten finding a home and a family is heartwarming. My first cat was in an apartment that didn’t allow cats, so I could really identify with the fear of discovery. Over 12 volumes, the Yamada family find a new apartment that allows cats, Yohei and Chi grow and explore their environment. Chi is an indoor/outdoor cat with all the potential dangers of being allowed outside. Whether Chi is getting her first bath, going to the vet, or learning what being a cat is all about, you will both laugh and cry at her antics. She eventually is reunited with her mother and siblings and must make a decision where her true home is. I am not tired of Chi after 12 volumes, and while this is a complete story arc, I hope that Chi might have further adventures.

Book description: Chi is a mischievous newborn kitten who, while on a leisurely stroll with her family, finds herself lost. Separated from the warmth and protection of her mother, 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.

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