- Humorous fiction
San Francisco, California :
Chronicle Books LLC
- Item Description
- "Originally published in Japan in 1979 by EHONKAN Inc., Tokyo, under the title Hayaku Aitaina."
- Physical Description
- 32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 22 x 29 cm
- Main Author
Yumi's home is on a hilltop, and her grandmother lives on a nearby mountain. One day, Yumi decides to visit Grandma. She boards the bus to Grandma's house. Meanwhile, Grandma decides to visit Yumi. She boards a train to Yumi's house. When Yumi arrives, Grandma is gone. When Grandma arrives, Yumi is gone. "Oh no!" Each immediately goes home, only to find that the other has left. "Oh no!" Now Yumi rides back on her scooter, and Grandma rides back on her motorcycle until they meet along the road. Joy! Simply told, the parallel story creates increasing tension as the characters are foiled and foiled again. Gomi turns an unpretentious concept into a satisfying picture book. With many landscapes and road scenes, the paintings make good use of the book's horizontal format, sometimes showing the two main characters simultaneously as they travel back and forth. The deep, rich colors show up well against the white sky, which serves as a background for the text. Children and adults alike will smile at the happy ending. Preschool-Kindergarten. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.Review by PW Annex Reviews
Japanese author-illustrator Gomi (Bus Stops) imagines a transportation mix-up in which two journeys intersect in fun and serendipitous ways. Yumi lives on a hilltop, and Grandma lives across town, on a mountaintop. Impulsively, they both set out to visit each other on the same day. Yumi's bus drives over the bridge just as Grandma's train travels underneath it. Arriving at their destinations, they immediately discover their crossed paths. "Oh, no!" Yumi cries. But they meet, eventually, in the middle. The book's short, wide trim size contributes plenty of space for the landscapes to unfold, and Gomi's saturated colors have jewel-like tones; the richly textured watercolor washes in simple shapes have the soft look of fabric. There's gentle comedy in the big, obvious gestures of the neighbors who help explain the situation to Yumi and Grandma, and the different forms of transportation add interest. Unspoken, but also gratifying, is the idea of a place in which a small child can set out alone to see her Grandma in perfect safety. Ages 3–5. (Apr.) Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly Annex.Review by School Library Journal Reviews
PreS-Gr 2—In this simple comedy of errors, a little girl and her grandma both decide to pay each other a visit on the very same day. Yumi takes a bus, and Grandma takes a train. Careful observers will note that just as the train travels under the bridge, Yumi's bus travels over it. "Oh, no!" cries Grandma upon arriving at Yumi's house and learning that her granddaughter has gone to see her. The little girl is equally "surprised," and they both hurry back to their respective homes. Grandma hails a taxi while Yumi shares a ride with a cow on a truck only to find that they have once again missed each other. Eventually, they meet under a large tree, jump gleefully into each other's arms, and agree that next time, they will meet in this very spot. This simple tale of mixed-up connections celebrates the special love between a grandparent and grandchild. Young readers will experience the pair's urgency, frustration, and joy as all's well that ends well. Gomi's signature art features childlike characters in a palette of browns highlighted by pink, orange, and other hints of color on a white background. The front endpapers feature Yumi's scooter; the back, Grandma's motorbike. VERDICT A perfect choice for units on transportation or family or to share on Grandparents' Day.—Barbara Auerbach, formerly at New York City Public Schools Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.
Yumi and her grandmother both have the same great idea to spend some special time together, but the two keep missing each other throughout the day, in a humorous celebration of the powerful grandparent-child bond by a best-selling author/illustrator. Simultaneous eBook.Review by Publisher Summary 2
Yumi and her grandmother really want to see each other, but when they both set out from their homes at the same time they keep missing each other.Review by Publisher Summary 3
When Yumi and her grandmother have the same great idea of spending some time together, they both set out from their homes at the same time, causing them to keep missing each other.Review by Publisher Summary 4
Yumi and her grandmother have the same great idea: They want to see each other. So they each head out to do just that, only to completely miss each other along the way! No problem'they'll just head back home and wait for the other to return. The trouble is that they have the same great idea'again'resulting in the ultimate missed connection! Will this duo ever find each other? Leave it to bestselling author-illustrator Taro Gomi to spin an action-packed story that sweetly, and humorously, celebrates the powerful grandparent-child bond.Review by Publisher Summary 5
Yumi and her grandmother have the same great idea: They want to see each other. So they each head out to do just that, only to completely miss each other along the way! No problem—they'll just head back home and wait for the other to return. The trouble is that they have the same great idea—again—resulting in the ultimate missed connection! Will this duo ever find each other? Leave it to bestselling author-illustrator Taro Gomi to spin an action-packed story that sweetly, and humorously, celebrates the powerful grandparent-child bond.