Please welcome Rumi Hara today with her list of books that inspired her graphic novel Nori. She is a Japanese cartoonist living in New York who’s been gaining acclaim in the comics community.
Nori by Rumi Hara
Nori is a spirited preschooler who lives in suburban Osaka in a multigenerational family. Her grandmother takes care of her when her parents are at work. Her grandmother also shares folklore that figures into their adventures. This graphic novel is a series of short stories. [middle grade graphic novel, ages 8 and up]
This reminds me of another graphic novel for kids involving Japanese culture, specifically ghosts!
Onibi: Diary of a Yokai Ghost Hunter by Atelier Sento
I review 5 graphic novels in my Book Talk video here. I would describe this graphic novel as Pokemon game + Ghostbusters movie. My 13-year-old son rates 3/5. [graphic novel, ages 8 and up]
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How about you? What graphic novels are you and/or your kids reading? What do you recommend? Thanks for sharing!
List of Books that Inspired Nori
1. Iya Iya En（いやいやえん）by Rieko Nakagawa, illustrated by Yuriko Omura
The main character, Shigeru, hates being told what to do. He says “no” to everything his teacher at his preschool tells him. He doesn’t clean himself after playing in the mud, cuts school, and runs away from a field trip to explore a mysterious forest. I wanted to live like Shigeru when I was little. I still love his free spirit and it inspired me to imagine Nori going on spontaneous adventures that give her glimpses of magic that can happen in the everyday world. [graphic novel for ages 7 and up] Published by Fukuinkan Shoten (Tokyo) in 1962.
2. Akissi: Tales of Mischief series by Marguerite Abouet, illustrated by Mathiew Sapin
Akissi is a little girl growing up in Ivory Coast and she’s like an explosion of mischievous energy. She does lots of silly and exciting things like seeing a flying sheep, getting a fish stolen by a cat, and being eaten by mice at night. I wish Nori can meet Akissi and become best friends. [middle grade, ages 8 and up] Published by Flying Eye Books in 2018.
3. Cecil the Pet Glacier by Matthea Harvey, illustrated by Giselle Potter
All Ruby wants is to be “normal.” But when she goes on a vacation in Norway with her eccentric parents, a baby glacier named Cecil finds her and follows her back home. Seeing the relationship between Ruby and her un-normal pet Cecil develop is heartwarming. I wanted to draw Nori’s relationship with others in a way that evokes a similarly fuzzy feeling. [picture book, ages 4 and up] Published by Schwartz & Wade Books in 2012.
4. Patalliro! by Mineo Maya
This manga is so wonderfully weird and outrageous. Prince Patalliro of a fictitious island nation becomes the new king after the death of his father. His mother is sick, and it is up to him to protect his country and let it prosper. Only ten years old and overweight, Patalliro saves his country and beyond from many crises using his super-human athletic ability, spying skills, unexpected intelligence, humanity, and tough-like-a-cockroach attitude, which Nori inherits in some way. [young adult manga comic, ages 13 and up] First published in the Hana to Yume Comics magazine in Japan in 1978, first collection published in 1979 by Hakusensha (Tokyo). No English translation.
5. Panther by Brecht Evens
Animals can be terrifying and intriguing at the same time. They definitely are for Nori, but little Christine finds herself in a particularly treacherous situation when she is visited by Panther. I’m blown away by the beautiful colors and reminded of the horror stories I used to tell myself when I was a kid every time I read this book. [graphic novel for adults]
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