Cover image for My neighbor Totoro. 1
My neighbor Totoro. 1
Miyazaki, Hayao, 1941-
Personal Author:
Uniform Title:
Tonari no Totoro.
Publication Information:
San Francisco, Calif. : VIZ, [2009]

Physical Description:
143 pages : color illustrations ; 19 cm.
Eleven-year-old Satsuki and her little sister Mei move into a historic country house with their dad and experience the magic of the Soot Sprites, and the world of Totoro, a magical forest creature.
General Note:
"Studio Ghibli library"--Cover.

Printed "manga-style" in the authentic Japanese right-to-left format.

"1 of 4"--Cover.

Unedited English-language adaptation Cindy Davis & Donald H. Hewitt, English translation Jim Hubbert.
Reading Level:
Rated A for all ages.
Format :


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J FICTION Juvenile Graphic Novel Graphic Novels

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Eleven-year-old Satsuki and her sassy little sister Mei are overjoyed about moving into a historic country house with their dad - but the girls don't realise what a delightful adventure awaits them there. While exploring their sprawling home and the beautiful rural area that surrounds it, Satsuki and 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...

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-5-Totoro unfolds in brief, pleasantly uneventful episodes in this adaptation of Miyazaki's animated film. A humorous fantasy populated with the filmmaker's trademark endearing, unclassifiable creatures, it contains elements familiar to fans of Spirited Away. Fourth-grader Satsuki and her four-year-old sister, Mei, move to the country with their father to be closer to their mother, who is in a hospital recovering from an illness. The first volume simply recounts the family's first day in their new house, which they discover is haunted by amicable soot sprites. In volume two, Mei discovers the Totoros, benign forest spirits. The story develops leisurely and is told primarily through the illustrations, with a minimum of text. Bright, cheerful colors reflect Totoro's amiable humor and depict a veritable dream world for young children, where lush green fields and forests populated with the quirky, friendly Totoros provide an idyllic playground. Gentler in pace and tone than Spirited Away, these books will appeal not only to manga and anime fans, but also to younger readers with little or no previous knowledge of the genre.-Lisa Goldstein, Brooklyn Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.