So, you know, you know how Ena has a stuffed bear named Juliet?
She's so pretty, and Ena makes dresses for her and stuff, and Yotsuba really wants one too!
So Daddy took Yotsuba to the bear store! They have big bears, and little bears, and all kinds of bears!
You have to hug 'em to find out which one's the bestest!
But they're...all...so...cute! Does Yotsuba really have to pick just one?!
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 224 pages, Integrated: 200, b/w illus
- Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
- Publication Date: 14/12/2010
- Category: Manga
- ISBN: 9780316126793
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Review by keristars
If you are looking at this review with a mind to buy or read the volume, you're probably familiar with the rest of the series, too. Rather than point out the usual things that come with a Yotsuba&! book (the fantastic pacing, the gorgeous backgrounds, superb facial expressions, and wonderful use of beat panels), I'll list a few things that we see in these 7 chapters in order to help jog the memory.The main highlights of this book are when Yotsuba gets her very first stuffed animal, a teddy bear which she names Juralumin (which is how she interprets Ena's bear's name Julietta, apparently); there's a night out at a Yakiniku restaurant with Jumbo and Yanda; and finally a trip to a hot air balloon festival. Amidst this is a running theme of work/homework and coffee, which Mr Koiwai makes with his new coffee grinder.But my favorite chapter is probably the first, "Yotsuba & Schedules". It's a quiet one, very slice of life, but also very appealing and cute. If you know or knew a child Yotsuba's age, you probably can't help but grin at what she does here, because it's how kids act...at least, I did, when it brought to mind my 5-year-old niece and nephew.Sometimes it helps to know the earlier chapters to understand some of the humorous bits in a Yotsuba&! book. I think this one would be a very good introductory volume, if someone wants to try the series out but doesn't have the first one at hand. (Well, except that the relationships with the neighbors and also Jumbo and Yanda aren't really explained.)
Review by timothyl33
Yotsuba, vol 9 is the quintessential volume that is probably the closest to distilling the 'essence' of this entire series. More specifically, the second half of this book, which covers the hot air balloon arc, with it's unabashed fun and wide vistas. Asagi fans would also rejoice, though Fuuka fans would probably have to wait for another volume.
Review by MochiMama
I never, ever, want a Yotsuba book to end. If I could I would jump right into her world.