Yotsuba goes camping!
Story/Art: Kiyohiko Azuma
Translation: Stephen Paul
What They Say
Oops! Your shoe! Your shoe! Your shoe came untied! But don’t worry! Tora taught Yotsuba how to tie a bow like a butterfly! Now Yotsuba can tie Juralumin’s ribbon aaaall by herself. Huh? Why are Yotsuba’s hands blue? Well, see, there was this reeeally pretty blue paint… and Yotsuba thought Daddy would want his stuff to be reeeally pretty blue too… Are Yotsuba’s hands gonna stay blue forever and ever?!!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
The volume starts off with Tora teaching Yotsuba how to tie a bow, which of course comes with the expected silliness and cute antics. Next up comes a fun chapter in which the mistake is made of leaving Yotsuba to her own devices. While she manages to entertain herself by tying bows at first, she ends up finding the paint can in the process. This goes about as expected, and is especially hilarious when Yotsuba discovers that paint doesn’t exactly come off easily.
Later on, Yotsuba gets a bike helmet, and then has a chance to experience Halloween. Finally, it comes time for camping, which ends up as the big event of the volume. Ena, Miura, Jumbo, and Yanda join Yotsuba and her dad on the trip, and of course plenty of humor results. During the trip, Yotsuba gets to enjoy such experiences as pitching a tent, using a hammock, and exploring the wilderness.
Yotsuba’s antics are restrained a bit more than usual for the most part, so this book doesn’t have as many standout moments as some of the best entries in the series. Even so, there’s a ton of cute and hilarious moments to be had. The chapter involving paint in particular is absolutely fantastic. It’s a shame that the camp scenario didn’t result in any truly ridiculous moments, but even the weakest moments of the book make for a charming read. It may not be one of the top volumes in the series, but it’s still a ton of fun.
Content Grade: A-
Art Grade: B+
Package Rating: B+
Text/Translation Rating: A-
Age Rating: All Ages
Released by: Yen Press
Release Date: November 19th, 2013