Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Booknote: Hipira

Title: Hipira
Author: Katsuhiro Otomo; Illustrated by Shinji Kimura
Publication Information: Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Press, 2005
ISBN: 1-59582-002-7
Genre: Children's Literature
Subgenre: Fantasy
Pages: 174

Hipira is a vampire boy in a city of vampires where it is always night, and the sun never comes up. His best friend is a little fairy named Soul. Hipira has various little games and adventures which are fun and and interesting. Once we meet Hipira, the book is divided into little stories. These are very short, and they go along with each other. One time he decides to rise the town from their sleep by singing like a rooster, fooling the town given they have not heard a rooster in so long. The book's art is well done, and it is very colorful, a pleasure to look at. Though Hipira is a vampire, he is really a very cool boy who likes to stay up late. Then again, if you lived in a place where the sun never came up, would you not like to stay up late as well? Highly recommended for children of all ages.

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