Review: Kiki’s Delivery Service by Eiko Kadono

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Kiki is a trainee witch. On her thirteenth birthday she must follow tradition and leave home to find a new village.
She knows she has to use only her powers to make a living, but Kiki’s no good at potions or spells…can she use her flying abilities to make her own way in the world?
She sets out with her beloved black cat Jiji on an exciting journey, making new friends along the way.

I’ve loved Studio Ghibli for probably close to 10 years now, but I only watched Kiki’s Delivery Service a couple of years ago for the first time (and it quickly became my favourite Ghibli!). After seeing this gorgeous book around, I knew I wanted to read it. And after rewatching the film a couple of days ago with my lovely friend Alex, I knew it was time to pick it up.

I just loved reading this book. It is the ultimate comfort read and obviously felt somewhat like a reread due to re-watching the movie so recently. However, I was pleasantly surprised by how different this story was. A lot of this was only in subtle ways, but Kiki really does get up to some adventures that aren’t in the movie, which made it so fun to read about and gave me a fresh perspective!

Kiki don’t get too hung up on appearances,

Some of the aspects I preferred in the movie, and some in the book, but I honestly love both of them despite the differences. The main feeling of the story, of Kiki moving away from home and settling as a witch in another town, remains the same. The joy and beauty of the pretty seaside town shine through just as well in the book and are helped along by some gorgeous illustrations by Joe Todd Stanton. The characters are also so lovable and I can really see which characters in this one inspired aspects of the movies.

it’s your heart that’s important.

This is the kind of story that is perfect for any age. I would have adored this as a child I’m sure, but I loved it as an adult too. It is one of those beautiful, charming stories that you can’t help but fall in love with.

★★★★★
5 out of 5 stars

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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