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The Big Adventures of Majoko Volume 1 Paperback – May 12, 2009


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  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Series: Big Adventures of Majoko (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Udon Entertainment (May 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897376812
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897376812
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 4.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #669,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Young witch Majoko sends her diary to the human world to find an adventuring partner and through it finds shy, quiet Nana. Together the two girls have a rollicking series of escapades—helping a werewolf, catching a thief, and traveling back to Majoko’s magical realm. This funny story is one of UDON’s new Manga for Kids titles, aimed at younger readers than most manga. Parents will like that Majoko and Nana try hard to do the right thing and are eager to learn from their mistakes. Readers, who will probably be girls, will like that Nana and Majoko have the type of adventures that in comics often seem limited to boys. Characters are simply drawn, but the backgrounds are nicely detailed and the plot elements are clearly thought out and easy to follow. There is the occasional appearance of a cute boy to make young girls smile, but the content is very appropriate for the intended audience. Libraries will find this a welcome and well-crafted addition to their kids’ comic collections. Grades 3-6. --Snow Wildsmith

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By GraphicNovelReporter.com on November 23, 2009
Format: Paperback
Majoko, a witch, is bored, so she tosses her diary into the human world and vows that the first person to open it will be her partner in whatever adventures lie ahead. She was hoping for a hunky guy but, this being a children's manga, the book is found by Nana, a girl about her own age. Let the fun begin!

The book starts out with a set of simple adventures: Nana and Majoko face down frogs and win a staring contest with some sort of one-eyed worm to get into a treasure cave and find Nana's lost necklace; Nana and Majoko chase a thief; Nana and Majoko try to boost their GPAs with apples from the "good grade tree." All are set in a nicely imagined magic land, and while they all have fairly apparent morals (there are no shortcuts to good grades, don't take things that aren't yours), they don't get too heavy. The stories are often quite funny and don't necessarily take the predictable course. The thief that the girls pursue, for instance, is a charmer who is actually retrieving rainbows that the merchant had stolen from the human world. He scatters the rainbows back in the sky where they belong and leaves the girls with a wink and charming bit of magic. In another episode, a fortuneteller tells the girls they need not be hostages to bad luck--and then is entranced by their horoscope book. The girls even get to participate in a manga-fied version of The Little Mermaid, with a twist that differs from both the movie and the original story.

This book is all about friendship, and we have met kids like Nana and Majoko before. Majoko is cheerfull and self-confident, but she's not very good at magic, and her spells often backfire, with humorous results. Nana is a bit more by-the-book. She's a very average kid, but she can be clever and determined when the situation requires it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jamie the Metallion on October 18, 2009
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This is a cute, light hearted story about a young girl that befriends a witch after discovering a magical book.

The artwork is indeed adorable, sure to please young and old manga afficionados alike. And storywise, it's pretty simple fare. A good light read for a lazy afternoon, sure to make you smile. And if you've a young manga fan in your life, this is the perfect gift. Rating wise, an easy G-rating, as everything looks to be pretty kid friendly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Jones on June 1, 2010
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Not great literature. Not great manga. But a very appropriate and (I would think) interesting read for a little girl.
Contains very cute illustrations (some in colour), a fairly generic but quite entertaining plot, and none of the perviness or teen themes that make manga for older boys and girls inappropriate or uninteresting for the younger children.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By shawnwhit on June 20, 2014
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I got it to see if my 7 year old daughter would like manga style books and she loved it. She reports that she loved the story line and I ended up getting VOL 2 and VOL 3 for her.
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