August 14, 2015 by andyinjapan
Japanese Novel – 魔女の宅急便
Japanese Reading Level 4
Reviewer’s Japanese Level: Upper Intermediate
Furigana: Some (probably all below ４年生)
Price Range: $5-10
When I purchased this book, I did not realize that it was the book that the movie Kiki’s Delivery Service was based on. I’ve never actually seen the movie, but 5 pages in and I figured it out. The book is very well written and kept my attention throughout. I think that the book is probably geared toward a young female audience (11-14 years old perhaps), but as a Japanese learner I found it to be of a perfect level for myself, and did not find the story boring. There are 6 more books in the 魔女の宅急便 series, and I will probably go ahead and read them eventually. I highly recommend this book for learners of an upper intermediate level. Lower level readers will find it quite challenging, and since it is pretty long will probably become discouraged. The vocabulary and sentence structures are great for higher level readers though. Enjoy!!!