Peach Fuzz Volume 1 (Peach Fuzz (Graphic Novels)) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2005/1/11
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Nine-year-old Amanda talks her mother into letting her have a pet, and she chooses a ferret that she names Peach, but Peach sees Amanda's loving hands as 'monsters' and tries to bite them in self-defence.
Amanda's a bit of a loner in her elementary school class. She decides that having an unusual pet may help her make more friends. A cute little ferret at the pet store seems like the ticket. Her mom warns her that if the animal bites, it's back to the pet store. The ferret, which Amanda names Peach, seems docile enough at the store, but on the way back home, she starts biting Amanda's hand...
But wait. Peach was the princess of her kingdom where the other ferrets bowed before her. But one day she was abducted from her castle by the Handra, a vicious five-headed reptile, and thrust into a dungeon and forced to do battle against nasty beasts in a brutal gladiatorial contest!
The interesting thing here is how the point of view changes from Amanda's to Peach's and how ordinary things like human hands and stuffed animals seem like fearsome monsters in the eyes of a small rodent. Peach's prissy attitude is also captured well. Meanwhile Amanda's mom is worrying about the cost of keeping Peach fed, as well as the animal's unpredictable behavior.
There's also interesting facts about ferrets presented here, like how they sleep for long periods of time and can almost seem dead during their slumber. Also, when they're young, ferrets are carried around by their mothers by grabbing the back of their necks gently with their teeth.
The artwork is very cute and very well done, and the story can be enjoyed by a wide variety of readers. It's kid-appropriate (except for the ads in the back for some not-so-kid-friendly manga) but can be enjoyed by all ages for a cute, light-hearted read. Note that the cover of copies ordered through Amazon are no longer peach-scented. But that shouldn't stop you from picking up a copy and enjoying it, though!
It's a very lively, fun story to read together with a young child. The perfect way to make a kid realize that reading opens a whole new world of possibilities !
I would recommend it.