ぼくと母さんのキャラバン(読みもの)

Me, Mom, and the Caravan

柏葉幸子 著/泉雅史 絵 text: Kashiwaba, Sachiko | illus. Izumi, Masashi

カテゴリー: Japanese Children's Booksおすすめ!日本の子どもの本読みもの/chapter books and novels

『ぼくと母さんのキャラバン』(Boku to ka-san no kyaraban)

両親からも友だちからもトモと呼ばれている小学5年生の少年が主人公。最近、トモの母さんの様子がおかしい。普段あまり出歩かないのに、街のあちこちに出かけているみたいだし、トモや父さんが話しかけても上の空だ。父さんが出張中の夜、トモがお風呂から上がって冷蔵庫から飲みものを取り出そうとすると、背後に母さんより大きくて言葉をしゃべるネズミが立っていた。びっくりして母さんを呼ぶが返事がない。夜の10時だというのに、母さんは家からいなくなっていたのだ。どうやら巨大ネズミやクマやウサギがしゃべる不思議な異世界と、トモたちが暮らす街が何年に一度かクロスすることがあるらしい。母さんは、異世界の動物たちと、ラクダのキャラバンを率いて、あるものを山の展望台に届ける約束をしていた。そのルートを下調べしている最中に、ふたつの世界のどこかに紛れ込んでしまったのだ。トモは、事情もわからぬまま母さんの代わりにキャラバンを率いて、母さんを探す旅に出る。橋の守り神、公園の動物遊具、商店街の看板やディスプレイから抜け出してきた、奇妙なキャラクターや幽霊などに助けられたり襲われたり、戦国時代に生き別れになった伝説の姫と息子の再会があったり。時空を超えた、奇想天外な母探しの不思議でエキサイティングな冒険物語だ。 (野上)

出版社 講談社
初版年 2020年
ISBN 9784065186152
ページ数 160頁
サイズ 22×16
対象年齢 9歳から
キーワード ラクダ 母 異世界 幽霊

Me, Mom, and the Caravan

This book features a fifth-grade boy nicknamed Tomo by his parents and friends. Lately, Tomo’s mother has been up to something. She doesn’t normally go out a lot, but recently she has gone all over town, and when Tomo and his father talk to her, she is in another world. Literally, it turns out!

One night, when Tomo’s father is away on business, Tomo finishes his bath and goes to get a drink from the fridge. Standing behind him is a mouse that is taller than his mother and can speak! Alarmed, Tomo calls for his mother but hears no answer. It’s after ten at night, but she seems to have gone out. Apparently, Tomo’s world crosses every few years with another world that has giant mice, bears, and rabbits. His mother has made a promise to the animals of that world to lead a caravan of camels to a mountain observatory, bearing important cargo. While trying to figure out the route, she seems to have gotten lost. Tomo does not fully understand but leads the caravan of ten loaded camels while questing to find his mother. Strange characters are released from bridge’s guardians, from animal-shaped playground equipments, and even from signs and displays in Tomo’s town’s shopping area. Some of these characters hinder Tomo, and some help him. He narrowly escapes threatening ghosts. When set upon by a legendary princess and her son, who were separated during the Warring States period (1467-1568), Tomo and his mother barely escape with their lives. Tomo’s incredible, time- and space-crossing quest to find his mother makes for an unpredictable, exciting adventure. (Nogami)

  • text: Kashiwaba, Sachiko | illus. Izumi, Masashi
  • Kodansha
  • 2020
  • 160 pages
  • 22×16
  • ISBN 9784065186152
  • Age 9 +

Camels, Mother, Parallel world, Ghosts


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