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Travel Book Club: Kiki’s Delivery Service Book Review

Eden Book Club: Kiki’s Delivery Service Discussion

Kiki’s optimism and kind heart brought me so much joy while reading Eiko Kadono’s beloved Japanese children’s classic. I loved how relatable Kiki was. Her actions were refreshing and unexpected for a half-witch quickly growing up.

I went through the book wondering if there would be any conflict. I kept flipping the pages, thinking is there going to be drama? is something bad going to happen? No. And no. This is a happy story all the way through. Kiki’s Delivery Service is pure and wholesome. And I learned to settle into the comfort and nostalgia that the stories within provided.

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Book Club Discussion Guidelines

Discussion posts (like this one) will have a series of questions as starting points. But honestly, you can talk about whatever you want regarding the books (or questions). You don’t have to answer all (or any) of the questions. I’d still love to hear your thoughts!

You can join in regardless of whether you’ve read, not read, or DNF’d the book! I understand that not everyone has the time to read or finish the book so I try to include a general discussion question as well to make the discussions more inclusive.

Kiki’s Delivery Service Discussion Questions

  • How did you feel about the episodic structure of the story?
  • Did Kiki’s time in Koriko unfold the way you expected?
  • How would you describe Kiki’s relationship with her parents?
  • Was there any character you could connect to? How did that connection affect your reading experience?
  • How did Kiki change or evolve as a character? Would you describe her as a flat character or multi-dimensional?
  • How do you picture Kiki’s life after the end of the story?
  • How did you feel about the use of magic in this story?
  • Is there anything you felt was unresolved by the end of the story?
  • If you’ve seen the movie, do you prefer the book or the adaptation? Did Hayao Miyazaki do justice to the story?

July 2021 Book Club Pick

sincerely anshula

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below! Of course, these are just starter questions. There are no right or wrong answers. Feel 100% free to discuss anything regarding the book (or otherwise). I’ll be jumping in and responding as well!

4 Comments

  • Maya
    June 28, 2021 at 7:06 AM

    This review and video is so wholesome. I liked the way magic was used in this story. Kiki depended more on her wits and practical thinking than her broom. She grew over the book. Going to a bigger city challenged her to work harder and prove herself. I did find it funny that by the end of the book she was very much a child again.

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    • Rita
      June 28, 2021 at 8:28 PM

      I loved the concept behind Kiki’s Delivery Service and seeing how Kiki handled many of the requests. The book taught me more about business than magic ?

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      • Anshula Varma
        July 2, 2021 at 9:04 PM

        Yes, I completely relate to that. So many of the chapters did feel like mini business lessons ?

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    • Anshula Varma
      July 2, 2021 at 9:08 PM

      Yes, I did find the one part towards the end where she slips into the comfort of being a child back home quite interesting (I wasn’t expecting it).

      But I love this quote from Kokiri:

      “Those old habits come right back, huh?” Kokiri laughed. “Well, that’s fine. It’s one year versus thirteen, after all.”
      (pg. 188)

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