FukuFuku: Kitten Tales (vol. 1) by Konami Kanata, translated by Marlaina McElheny and Ed Chavez
From the creator of the internationally bestselling Chi’s Sweet Home series comes another frolicking feline with irresistible energy. As an elderly woman reminisces about the early days of her now overgrown (still adorable) cat, FukuFuku, her photos become a portal back to kittenhood: “You really were so very little, back then …”
Rewind back to FukuFuku’s arrival into her new home when every new smell, corner, step, is an opportunity for adventure. Granny tries again and again to grab a cuddle in between FukuFuku’s explorations, but she concludes at day’s end, “She doesn’t seem to like me very much.” Oh, but wait … while Granny snoozes, tiny FukuFuku crawls into the foot of her futon and stays. Oh, oh, oh!
As their relationship progresses, kitty becomes ever more mischievous and daring – stealing food, making messes, getting repeatedly dirty – and yet Granny just can’t get angry at her energetic new companion. The two are never far as they become inseparable best friends, learning how to use a scratching post, realizing frosting is not for kittens, making ornaments, painting by paws, doing laundry, and teaching puppies who’s boss!
Kitty-lovers unite … you’ll recognize your own four-footed favorite friends for sure. For everyone else, think of this as an ideal learning-to-love opportunity!
Readers: Middle Grade
Published: 2014 (Japan), 2016 (United States)