Book Review of 「あかあかくろくろ」 by Akio Kashiwara

Aka Aka Kuro Kuro English Review

Japanese Title: あかあかくろくろ
English Title: Red, Red, White, White (Self-Translated)
Publisher: 学研

Author: 柏原 晃夫(かっしー)
柏原 晃夫(かっしー)

Overall Impression and Summary:

This is another great book that kids will love. The whole book is contrasting colors of red, white, and black with a few splashes of other colors thrown in. Supposedly this is easier for kids as young as 6 months to see well, but I can’t vouch as to whether that’s accurate or not. There are no all-out complete sentences in here, so if you’re looking for more grown-up stuff, this book isn’t the way to go. There’s not a whole lot of vocabulary to work with but I love the pictures. Read More »


Book Review of 「ころころまるちゃん どこ」 by La ZOO

Japanese Title: ころころまるちゃん どこ
English Title: Where Are You Little Rolly-Rolly Circles? (Self-Translated)
Publisher: 教育画劇

Author: La ZOO
Illustrator: La ZOO

Overall Impression and Summary:

“Where Are You Little Rolly-Rolly Circle(s)?” is another lovely book that has received lots of love in my house. Follow the cute little red and yellow circles as they turn into flowers, buttons, pig noses, fish, and more. Small kids will have a blast trying to “find” (they’re always in the same spot) the little circle friends. It’s not very long (20 pages), but it packs a lot into the few pages it’s got and is a great way to encourage kids who are just starting out with Japanese to get a feel for the language.Read More »

Book Review of 「おべんとうバス」 by Mariko Shinju

Japanese Title: おべんとうバス
English Title: Lunch Box Bus
Publisher: ひさかたチャイルド

Author: 真珠 まりこ (しんじゅ まりこ)
Illustrator: 真珠 まりこ (しんじゅ まりこ)

Overall Impression and Summary:

This is a sweet book about a bunch of food loading themselves onto a bus. The book provides great talking points and it’s fun to make a bunch of different voices for all the characters. Kids who are familiar with Japanese food are sure to love this one.Read More »