Chi is a michievous newborn kitten who, while on a leisurely stroll with her family, finds herself lost. Seperated from the warmth and protection of her mother, feels distraught. Overcome with loneliness she breaks into tears in a large urban park meadow., when she is suddenly rescued by a young boy named Yohei and his mother. The kitty is then quickly and quietly whisked away into the warm and inviting Yamada family apartment…where pets are strictly not permitted.
I love my neighborhood used book store. It’s kinda dingy on the outside but climbing up to the second floor lifts you into paradise – shelves of books that reach ten feet high, with bins on the floor to hold the overflow. Novels, non-fiction, manga – any book that’s had a tiny bit of popularity (and many that haven’t) are guaranteed to be here.
So when Meonicorn recommended Chi’s Sweet Home it was the perfect excuse… er, reason to make a trip. It doesn’t hurt that the bookstore is close to my favorite breakfast place, either.
The manga is originally written in Japanese, which I read, and has been translated into English. Chi is a kitten that becomes separated from her mother and is taken in by the Yamadas. They’ve never had a cat before – and their apartment doesn’t allow pets – so they try to take care of Chi on the downlow. If you’ve ever had a cat, especially a rescue, you’ll identify with what they go through. Will Chi know how to use the litter box? Will she try to run away? And how can I buy back my kitty’s love after traumatizing her at the vet? 😉
The manga is in full color and is completely adorable. Chi looks just like my cat when encountering a new toy:
And I’m tickled by this depiction of a cat nightmare:
It’s a quick read and not taxing in any way, but that’s kind of the point. If you like cats and need a pick-me-up Chi’s Sweet Home is just the thing.