My Neigh­bor To­toro By Tsugiko Kubo; story & art by Hayao Miyazaki [VIZ Me­dia, $17.99]

Animation Magazine - - Frame- By- Frame -

With all the big splashy art books and heav­ily hyped stu­dio of­fer­ings of the sea­son, it’s easy to lose track of the kinder, gen­tler items that may end up be­ing a young reader’s fa­vorite gifts of the hol­i­day. Miyazaki’s much loved 1988 movie My Neigh­bor To­toro has mil­lions of fans all over the world, and I bet most of them would love to take a peek at this lovely nov­el­iza­tion of the movie, penned by Tsugiko Kubo. Beau­ti­fully printed by VIZ Me­dia, the 246-page hard­cover of­fers a faith­ful retelling of the friend­ship be­tween an 11-year-old girl and an un­usual for­est spirit who lives in the woods be­hind her coun­try home. The book, which also fea­tures a few pages of art by Miyazaki him­self, would make the per­fect com­pan­ion gift to a DVD of the movie, or one of those much-sought-af­ter To­toro plush toys or pil­lows. Yet another home run by the smart team at VIZ.

—Ramin Za­hed

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