The Art of My Neighbor Totoro Hardback
Illustrated by Hayao Miyazaki
Eleven-year-old Satsuki and her sassy little sister Mei are overjoyed about moving into a historic country house with teir dad - but the girls don't realise what a delightful adventure awaits them there.
WHie exploring their sprawling home and th beautiful rural area that surrounds it, Satsuki & Mei meet Granny,a sweet old woman, and her timid grandson Kanta.
They also experience firsthand the magic of the Soot Sprites,mysterious creatures that live in the walls, and discover a huge camphor tree that just might be enchanted...
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 176 pages
- Publisher: Viz Media, Subs. of Shogakukan Inc
- Publication Date: 01/11/2005
- Category: History of art / art & design styles
- ISBN: 9781591166986
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Review by tsukaremasu
It is always fascinating to see how Hayao Miyazaki does his initial sketches of his movie characters and how they evolved eventually... One of the changes which readers would notice is that initally there is only one child in the story. But in the process, the Director decided to add in another character, the elder sister. It's interesting to note the nifty gritty details and research that Miyazaki put in for different landscape backgrounds. Although the comments were in Japanese only and I can't understand half of the time, pictures speaks a thousand words. The Art of Totoro is truly a treasure for people who love his works.