Shopping cart

Gigi and Ojiji (I Can Read Level 3) (Paperback)

Gigi and Ojiji (I Can Read Level 3) By Melissa Iwai, Melissa Iwai (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Melissa Iwai, Melissa Iwai (Illustrator)
$5.99
On Our Shelves Now
1 on hand, as of Nov 29 12:43am
(New Readers)

Description


"Gigi crafts her Japanese American identity in this ­enchanting early reader. The cuteness, inclusivity, and cross-cultural problem-solving represented will have young ­readers coming back again and again. A must-buy." —School Library Journal (starred review)

"The text is well supported by the endearing illustrations, which capture all of Gigi’s big emotions and depict her as a biracial child, with a white father and Japanese mother." —Booklist (starred review)

"An affirming option in the quickly diversifying field of early-reader books." —Kirkus

Gigi, a biracial six-year-old girl, learns about her Japanese culture from her grandfather when he comes to visit. Perfect for social emotional learning.

Gigi can’t wait for her Ojiji—Japanese grandpa—to move in. Gigi plans lots of things to do with him, like playing tag, reading books, and teaching Roscoe, the family dog, new tricks.

But her plans don’t work out quite the way she’d hoped. And her grandpa doesn’t seem to like Roscoe. Will Gigi find a way to connect with her Ojiji?

This exciting new I Can Read series is brought to you by author-illustrator Melissa Iwai, whose popular books include Soup Day and Dumplings for Lili.

Gigi and Ojiji is a Level Three I Can Read book. Level 3 includes many fun subjects kids love to read about on their own. Themes include friendship, adventure, historical fiction, and science. Level 3 books are written for early independent readers. They include some challenging words and more complex themes and stories. The story contains several Japanese words and a glossary of definitions and pronunciations.

Acclaim for Gigi and Ojiji:

A 2023 Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor title

El día de los niños, el día de los libros selection 2023

ALSC Notable 2023

CBC Teacher and Librarian Favorites Award 2023

A Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year in the 5-9 beginning reader category! (2023)

About the Author


Melissa Iwai is a children's book author and illustrator who incorporates both traditional and digital media into her art. Her picture books include Dumplings for LiliSoup DayPizza DayChanukah Lights EverywhereMy Snow GlobeLet’s Go to the Hardware StoreThirty Minutes Over Oregon, and many more! She is also the author and illustrator of the Geisel Honor I Can Read series Gigi and Ojiji. When she's not working, Melissa loves to cook and develop her own recipes. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son.



Melissa Iwai is a children's book author and illustrator who incorporates both traditional and digital media into her art. Her picture books include Dumplings for LiliSoup DayPizza DayChanukah Lights EverywhereMy Snow GlobeLet’s Go to the Hardware StoreThirty Minutes Over Oregon, and many more! She is also the author and illustrator of the Geisel Honor I Can Read series Gigi and Ojiji. When she's not working, Melissa loves to cook and develop her own recipes. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son.

Praise For…


"Gigi crafts her Japanese American identity in this ­enchanting early reader. The cuteness, inclusivity, and cross-cultural problem-solving represented will have young ­readers coming back again and again. A must-buy." — School Library Journal (starred review)

"The text is well supported by the endearing illustrations, which capture all of Gigi’s big emotions and depict her as a biracial child, with a white father and Japanese mother." — Booklist (starred review)

"An affirming option in the quickly diversifying field of early-reader books." Kirkus Reviews



Product Details
ISBN: 9780063208056
ISBN-10: 0063208059
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: May 3rd, 2022
Pages: 32
Language: English
Series: I Can Read Level 3
3019 Oakland Dr.
Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Open Monday - Saturday
9am-9pm

Sunday
9am-6pm
Phone (269) 385-2847
Email bookbugkalamazoo@gmail.com