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Kuroino くろいの

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On the usual way back home, a girl finds a mysterious "Kuroi". Apparently, she's the only one that can see it. One day, when she calls out with all her might, the "Kuroi" comes down from the wall and starts walking. As she follows, it goes into an old Japanese house through a hole in the fence. It was Kuroi's house.
After drinking tea in the cozy living room silently, Kuroi takes the girl into a closet which leads to an attic. She discovers a fantastic world where mushrooms and moss shine in the dark. After playing on the swings and slides, the two sleep soundly, wrapped in the soft hair of a large creature. 
Before leaving, Kuroi gives her a flower. On the way home, the girl meets her father and they go home together

Kuroi is a mysterious creature that gently snuggles up to the child's heart when he is alone. A warm picture book that depicts an unlikely new friendship.



  • Nami Concours Purple Island Award (2018)
  • National School Library Council / Selected Books (2018)
  • Shogakukan Children's Publishing Culture Award (2019)
  • Japan Picture Book Award / Grand Prize (2020)


Author: Kiyo Tanaka

Publisher: Keiseisha

64 pages


Dimensions: 19 x 23cm

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