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Product Details

  • Series: Fairy Idol Kanon (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Udon Entertainment (May 19, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897376898
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897376898
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,023,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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While the audience for most manga is teenagers and adults, UDON’s Manga for Kids line is playing a role in changing that. This new series—one of four aimed at young readers ages seven and up—deals with heroines in elementary school. The three main characters, who love to sing, meet a fairy who claims to live off the energy of beautiful harmonies. Now, with their fairy friend in tow, the three girls see if they can become stars. Sure enough, there is indeed something magical about their singing, and it catches the attention of those around them, fairies and humans alike. The art is sweet and affectionate, and the story line deals with such core values as teamwork and helping others. Younger children interested in the manga their older siblings are reading could have fun curling up with a book like this. It reads right to left, just as it did in its original Japanese, and proves that manga doesn’t solely belong in the hands of young adults and grownups. Grades 2-5. --Danica Davidson

Review

Selected as one of the Hot Fall Graphic Novels for Libraries at Book Expo America 2009!

*Fairy Idol Kanon
Mera Hakamada
Udon Entertainment, Ages 7+

Three girls start on a quest to save fairyland by becoming pop music superstars. This book is sure to make the little girl in everyone one of us giggle with joy. --School Library Journal, Good Comics for Kids blog

The sparkles and sweetness of Fairy Idol Kanon may make adults roll their eyes, but it's written for young girls, and it's best viewed through that lens. It's about fairies, after all, and it puts a very important matter the fate of all the fairies into the hands of three girls who must accomplish a difficult, but rather fun, task - they need to become famous singers.

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As with the other Udon books, the storytelling is kept simple, with expressive characters and just a few word balloons per page. Kanon is sweet, Marika is selfish, Kodama is nerdy. Evil is signaled by black clouds floating around a character. The grownups are loving but don t always get it; only the girls know what s really going on. And the fairy sprinkles just enough magic to keep things moving she leaves the serious problem-solving to the girls themselves. And that's the best thing about this book the fact that the girls are empowered to work together (admittedly sometimes in goofy ways) to achieve their common goal. --Brigid Alverson, Graphic Novel Reporter

While the audience for most manga is teenagers and adults, UDON's Manga for Kids line is playing a role in changing that. This new series one of four aimed at young readers ages seven and up deals with heroines in elementary school. The three main characters, who love to sing, meet a fairy who claims to live off the energy of beautiful harmonies. Now, with their fairy friend in tow, the three girls see if they can become stars. Sure enough, there is indeed something magical about their singing, and it catches the attention of those around them, fairies and humans alike. The art is sweet and affectionate, and the story line deals with such core values as teamwork and helping others. Younger children interested in the manga their older siblings are reading could have fun curling up with a book like this. It reads right to left, just as it did in its original Japanese, and proves that manga doesn't solely belong in the hands of young adults and grownups. --Danica Davidson, Booklist Online

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Kimi-Chan Experience on May 31, 2010
Format: Paperback
At a first glance, this title seems to be some mostly harmless fluff, but actually reading through this manga of my daughter's, I was pretty impressed with messages it imparted. Nine year old Kanon and her classmates Kodama and Marika love to sing. Marika in particular is obsessed with the idea of being a star, and so is quite competitive when it comes to tryouts for the school musical. She gets sulky when she does not get the solo, but nonetheless, agrees to sing in harmony with her two friends when they unexpectedly meet the fairy, Alto. Alto is very weak, for the fairies' life force is dependent on the beautiful feelings conveyed by singing from the humans of earth. The more accomplished and emotionally felt the singing, the more power. The girls sing her back to health, and in exchange Alto decides that she knows what her mission is. She must use her fairy powers to help the girls storm the entertainment world. With their voices booming out across the world, people will join in song, and the fairy kingdom will be saved!

There is a hitch however. First of all, Kanon may love to sing, and spends most of her time doing so, but the household chores and her studying are left undone. When her mother refuses to allow her to try out at a junior idols singing contest, Kanon realises that her mother is right. One cannot only do the things that please themselves, but must to also tend to their other personal responsibilities. Explaining this to her friends, they knuckle down with her, and help her study. Pleased at her daughter's show of maturity and reflecting on the happiness her daughter's beautiful voice gives, her mother tells her that being an idol is a very demanding job, but now that she has shown she can face her responsibilities, she will give Kanon the chance she has asked for.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GraphicNovelReporter.com on November 23, 2009
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The sparkles and sweetness of Fairy Idol Kanon may make adults roll their eyes, but it's written for young girls, and it's best viewed through that lens. It's about fairies, after all, and it puts a very important matter--the fate of all the fairies--into the hands of three girls who must accomplish a difficult, but rather fun, task--they need to become famous singers.

Kanon, Kodama, and Marika are schoolmates, and they all love to sing. Marika is serious about it; she takes professional voice lessons and has ambitions of becoming a star someday. She's also selfish, conceited, and shallow. Kanon is untutored but has great natural talent; when she sings, people say things like "I don't know how to explain it, but your voice really makes me excited. It's like you can make everyone happy just by being happy while you sing!"

The adventure starts when Kanon and her friends come across a little fairy lying on the ground. The fairy is ill, and she tells the girls that only one thing will make her better: Hearing the three of them singing in harmony. True to form, Marika demurs, but Kanon talks her into it, and together the girls sing the fairy back to health.

The fairy then explains that fairies get their energy from the sound of human singing. She gets a bit preachy here: "But lately, people do not appreciate songs as much. It's all about trends and what's popular. Fewer and fewer beautiful singing voices have been reaching the land of the fairies."

The solution, of course, is to hijack that trend and have the girls become enormously popular singers. If there's an especially weak point in this story's logic, this is it: The only way to spread the beauty of song is to go on the Japanese equivalent of American Idol. So that's what they do.
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By EllaPo on February 13, 2014
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My 4th grader loves these books, often calling me over to read something to me that she finds funny. Cute books. Get the series!
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