Book Review of 「おままごと」 by Emiko Sunayama

Japanese Title: おままごと
English Title: Pretending to Be Mommy (Self-Translated)
Publisher: こぐま社
Author: 砂山恵美子(すなやま えみこ)
Illustrator: 砂山恵美子(すなやま えみこ)

Overall Impression and Summary:

If you have little girls in your home, this book is sure to get your attention right away. The story follows a cute little girl who uses various outdoor objects to make food for her little stuffed pig’s birthday. At the end of the book she makes 3 little sand cakes, but trips and falls, which ruins them. She cries, but then comes up with a great idea to fix it. The story is priceless and your kids are sure to love it.Read More »


Book Review of 「いない いない ばあ」 by Miyoko Matsutani

6 Million+ Copies (As of 2017)

Japanese Title: いない いない ばあ
English Title: Peek-a-Boo
Publisher: 童心社
Author: 松谷 みよ子
Illustrator: 瀬川 康男

Overall Impression and Summary:

This is a straightforward peek-a-boo book that all kids are sure to love. Each animal covers their eyes on one page and then has outstretched arms with big, wide-open eyes on the next. The last two pages are a cute little girl named Non-chan, with cute, beady little eyes and a blue dress with stars. As with most all baby books, the genius is in the simplicity.Read More »

Book Review of 「よしよしなでなで」 by Mari Tokunaga

There There Pat Pat English Review

Japanese Title: よしよしなでなで
English Title: There, There, Pat, Pat (Self-Translated)
Publisher: アリス館
Author: とくなが まり
Illustrator: いりやま さとし

Overall Impression and Summary:

This is a beautiful book about a little girl named Nana listening to her little baby brother sleep. Like all toddlers, she is curious and starts to touch the chubby baby a little too much, which wakes him up. They both cry and then mommy comes to the rescue. The story is simple enough and big kids are sure to relate.Read More »