Author: Asako Mori
Specifications: ISBN  978-4591154878
24 pages
17.6 x 17.7 cm / 7.0 x 7.0 in (WxH)
Category: Children & YA
Ages: 0+
Publisher: Poplar Publishing Co., Ltd.
Tokyo, 2017
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This picture book is built around the Japanese mimetic word paka!, which represents something popping open—with or without an actual popping sound.

The reader opens the book to see a plain white egg standing upright, with text on the facing page calling out, “Dear egg, dear egg.” When she turns the page, the text reads Paka! and the top has come off of the egg to show a cute little chick inside. Next comes an alligator, with the text calling out, “Mister Alligator, Mister Alligator.” Turn the page and—Paka!—the alligator’s mouth has popped open and a bird is perched on its teeth. A bentō boxed lunch, a bunny rabbit, and a set of dharma dolls follow in the same pattern, each popping open to reveal what’s inside.

Little ones will follow with glee, wondering what will appear next. During production, author Asako Mori had parents read versions of the book with their children to see what would elicit a laugh from, or hold the attention of, the youngest readers. The beautiful pictures rendered in bright colors make it perfect as baby’s first book.