by Konami Kanata
Adapted by Kinoko Natsume
More kitten cuteness. I finally realized these books aren’t supposed to chronologically follow the first set of Chi stories, but fit into the same timeframe. If I’d known that from the start, the overlap wouldn’t have bothered me! In this one, the kittens explore together, run into a dog, and momentarily get stuck in a tree. The dad tries to take photos of Chi to enter a “chic cat” contest, but mom realizes Chi would be appreciated more for being cute and silly. Chi and Cocchi go roaming, and people offer them food, responding to Chi\’s cute pleas. So Cocchi tries to copy Chi’s “smile”. The Bear Cat has to give him some pointers on that! As Cocchi’s usually kinda cranky. He tries to be more playful with the other kittens, but it’s hard for him to act carefree- having to worry about survival as a stray. Blackie tries to teach the kittens how to play-fight, holding back their claws and biting gently. They don’t quite get it. The parakeet shows up again, startling the kittens when it mimicks Chi. Then there’s family stuff- Chi playing hide-and-seek with Yohei, messing up the dad’s work by stomping all over his keyboard, feeling antagonized by the roomba. Being freaked out by the cat tower the dad builds her. Yohei gets sick and the mom wants him to stay in bed and rest, but she can’t keep Chi out of his room. Then there’s the part where Yohei briefly runs away, being angry with his dad. And the four kitten friends go on a grand adventure, venturing further than they ever have before, out of the park. It ends with a dog encounter, which oddly enough has the kittens clinging to the dog’s back as he bolts down the sidewalk, ending up in a nice garden, and the kittens find out this dog at least, can actually be friendly.
Borrowed from the public library.
Rating: 3/5 88 pages, 2017