"[Totto-chan] is a quiet indictment of sterile education."
—New York Times
"Sensitively written, delicately illustrated, poetically translated, Totto-chan is, like a haiku, filled with aesthetic and philosophical depth."
"[Totto-chan] has reminded millions of Japanese what children think education should be."
—International Herald Tribune
"Totto-chan can be expected to attract American educators, parents, and perhaps some children who appreciate the international view beyond their own first-floor window."
—Christian Science Monitor