Taka-chan and I

Taka-chan and I

A Dog's Journey to Japan

Book - 2012?
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Runcible the weimaraner dog digs a hole in the sand, from Cape Cod all the way to Japan, where he meets a little girl held captive by a dragon and helps her to find the most loyal person in Japan.
Publisher: New York : New York Review of Books, [2012?]
ISBN: 9781590175026
Characteristics: 60 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Hosoe, Eikåo 1933-- Illustrator


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Cdnbookworm Jun 26, 2012

This is a lovely picture book told from a dog's point of view. Runcible digs a hole on the beach near his home on Cape Cod. As he digs deeper, he finds a tunnel and enters it, realizing after a time that it is too narrow to turn around in. After much time, he sees a light ahead and emerges in Japan where a little girl, Taka-chan is on a beach. She is fearful of the reaction, but agrees to take him home, where she bathes him gently and feeds him. After the two rest, she introduces Runcible to her captor, for she is indeed being held prisoner. He is impressed with Runcible's courage and agrees to set Taka-chan free if Runcible can complete a task within the alloted time.
The pictures, all in grey-scale, are lovely and illustrate the story beautifully. The story itself is inspiring and mystical. A wonderful choice as always by the NYRB.


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