Simple and sweet, Doi's lovely book captures the just-rightness of a child's day out. When Chirra and Chirri go for a bike ride, they find that the forest world not only welcomes the woodland animals, but that it has a place for them, too! What will they choose to drink at the forest cafe? What sandwich and jam will they pick from the forest bakery? These are Chirri and Chirra's most pressing concerns. Magical. — Aubrey Restifo
The first book in a completely charming series by a well-known Japanese author and illustrator, Chirri & Chirra introduces two girl characters who go on wonderful adventures together through the natural world. Vibrant, lively, and astonishingly sweet in a pure, unsentimental way, these pages present us with relatable children, small animals, lots of food, atmosphere, and many mysteries.
Born in Tokyo, Japan, Kaya Doi graduated with a degree in design from Tokyo Zokei University. She got her start in picture books by attending the Atosaki Juku Workshop, held at a Tokyo bookshop specializing in picture books. Since then she has produced numerous picture books featuring her softly styled, color-pencil drawings. She now lives in Chiba Prefecture and maintains a strong interest in environmental and animal welfare issues. Since the earthquake of 2011 she has been active in recovery and shelter efforts for abandoned pets.