Chirri & Chirra

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You might have seen this one pop up a bunch online in the last couple weeks. That’s because it is exquisite. So special, so surprising, and so spectacular that it even exists.

Chirri & Chirra come to us from Japan, where Kaya Doi is a beloved creator of children’s books. Thanks to a serendipitous bookstore visit in New York, Enchanted Lion has brought these two girls to us. Here, Chirri and Chirra are the names of the girls, and yet they also represent the sounds of bike riding in Japanese onomatopoeia. Dring-dring!

What’s even better? Two more adventures will follow in 2017.

Prepare to be just that: enchanted.

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It’s this tiny little trim size that makes it just right for so many reasons.

Teeny, for small hands.

Long and wide when it opens, to hold the length of the journey.

Small, but big enough for both dreams and dreamy details.

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Rosy cheeks.

A forest cafe.

Acorn coffee.

A delightful adventure.


A keeper. Tuck it close.



  • MaryWorley
    Posted September 6, 2016 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    Carter, your posts always make me smile. My mother-in-law is Japanese. I love the way she does a cat purring—gurru, gurru, gurru. Now that’s how the whole family does purrs. I can see it happening with bike bells after this book. :)

  • Posted September 7, 2016 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    Wow! Reminds me of Mary Lee Burton’s work.

  • Amanda Sincavage
    Posted September 8, 2016 at 12:32 am | Permalink

    I am in LOVE with these illustrations and all that green! Thanks for sharing these gems, Carter!

  • Posted September 9, 2016 at 12:11 am | Permalink

    Soft and lovely and mysterious. I want to know what those keys open…and what acorn coffee tastes like. Thanks for showing us this beauty!