Title: Chi’s Sweet Home Vol 4
Author: Konami Kanata
Reading Level – All Ages
May Contain Spoilers
In the fourth volume of Chi’s Sweet Home, Youhei’s actions at the end of volume three has motivated his parents to look for a new home for their kids. Chi is moving to a new address; someplace where cats can play to their heart’s content without having to worry about nosey managers and mean hungry bully cats.
But moving alone will be something of an adventure for Chi. While the Yamada’s can handle changing their environment now and then, for a kitten their home means much more than just a place to sleep in. When the old apartment starts to disappear, suddenly Chi starts losing all of her favorite toys and her naps spots. She knows they should be in specific places, the smell is still there, but her nappy spot is gone and so are her favorite scratching areas. And what are all those boxy things? Why are they all stacked so high up? And what’s up with all the noise around them? Are there dogs behind all of this?!?
Awww, the cute attack continues! Chi is so adorable that it’s hard to not get caught up in the sweetness of this series. I love how simple the storytelling is – short chapters humorously follow Chi as the tiny kitten explores the world around her. Her reactions are hilarious and occasionally bittersweet, but they are always satisfying. The books make me feel good, and sometimes that’s all I’m looking for when I sit down to a new read. A little perk to brighten my stressful days, to allow me to laugh as Chi and her people navigate through their lives. Every new experience is an adventure that leaves me chuckling at the cuteness that is Chi.
In this volume, Chi and the Yamadas move to a pet-friendly apartment. Chi no longer has to live a life in hiding – not that she was ever very good at it to begin with! Through short vignettes, she greets the move with trepidation, confusion, and finally, contentment. When her world changes abruptly, poor little Chi doesn’t know what to do! First, the Yamadas pack everything into boxes. Chi’s attempts to play only get in the way, so off to a secluded room she goes. Listening to the activity of the move frightens her, and she wonders what is happening to her home. Her feelings of safety are gone. Her new home only confuses her, because it smells strange and unfamiliar, which makes her apprehensive and frightened.
I enjoyed this volume a lot. As with previous visits with Chi, her emotions are clearly communicated through Konami Kanata’s wonderful watercolors. The illustrations are bright and colorful, and it’s so easy to read Chi’s reactions to the newness that surrounds her. The chapters where the Yamadas introduce themselves to their new neighbors are my favorite, as they showcase a spectrum of reactions to meeting the other pets at the apartment complex. Like people, every animal has a different personality and look, and I am looking forward to more interactions between Chi and her new neighbors.
If you are looking for a fun and painless introduction to manga and graphic novels, Chi’s Sweet Home is a great place to start. It is so cute, and it will keep you smiling as you get to know Chi. Best yet, it’s an appealing all ages comic that you can share with the kids in your life. Besides, who doesn’t love adorable little animals?
Review copy provided by publisher