Chirri & Chirra, in the Tall Grass
The identical-looking girls from 2016’s Chirri & Chirra
are back, riding their bicycles (“Dring-dring, dring-dring!
”) into the tall grass of a nearby meadow, and emerging much smaller than before. This new perspective allows an up-close view of the lives of small creatures who they follow home: bees offer the girls freshly baked “honey sponge cake balls wrapped in flower petals” and, later, they cook up fluorite candies with a lizard. The language is straightforward, but Doi’s gauzy images revel in the details described. It’s a delicious vision of the rewards of curiosity, exploration, and having the freedom to chase adventures wherever they lead. Ages 2–8. (June)