Chirri and Chirra at Words Without Borders

By Andrew Wong, Tokyo

A Japanese children’s picture book in translation has made the Words Without Borders 2019 holiday gift list. Kaya Doi’s Chirri and Chirra, Underground, translated by David Boyd for Enchanted Lion Books, sees the two girls get on their bicycles again, this time in pursuit of whoever made a hole in their cellar wall!

The other Japanese title alongside Doi’s color-pencil adventure is Yoko Ogawa’s The Memory Police, translated by Stephen Snyder for Pantheon, under sci-fi and speculative fiction. See the other titles that made the list and treat yourself to some delectable interviews and excerpts!

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