4ミリ同盟(読みもの)

The 4-Millimeter League

高楼方子 著/大野八生 画 Text: Takadono, Hoko | Illus. Ono, Yayoi

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4ミリ同盟 表紙

『4ミリ同盟』(Yon miri domei)

この世界では、大人になるとみんなフラココノ実を食べにフラココノ島へいくことになっている。ところが48歳のポイット氏は、26回もフラココノ島へいこうとしたが、悪天候や船に乗れないなどの理由ですべて失敗。会社の昼休みにカフェで休んでいると、突然エビータさんという女性が話しかけてきて、ポイット氏がフラココノ実を食べたことがないことを見抜く。じつはエビータさんも同様で、フラココノ実を食べていない人は、足が地面から4ミリ浮いているのだ。そして、ポイット氏とエビータさんは、画家のバンボ-ロ氏にも声をかけてイカダでフラココノ島へいくことにする。イカダを組み立て、4ミリ同盟という旗をかかげると、コロリータさんというおばあさんも参加を申し出る。「子どもらしさ」「大人らしさ」について描いたユーモラスな寓話。(土居)

出版社 福音館書店
初版年 2018年
ISBN 978-4-8340-8395-8
ページ数 120頁
サイズ 20×14
対象年齢 9歳から
キーワード ファンタジー 成長 木の実

The 4-Millimeter League

This comical fable describes the efforts of four people, all of whom are over forty and who long to taste the fruit of Fulakokono.
Although everyone eats this fruit when they grow up, 48-year-old Poitto has tried 26 times to reach Fulakokono Island without success. One day, while on his lunch break, he meets a woman named Ebeeta, and Ebeeta realizes that she has not eaten Fulakokono fruit either. She can tell because people who have not ever tasted it float four millimeters above the ground. Poitto and Ebeeta discover another person like them, the painter Banbollo, and together they decide to build a raft and head for Fulakokono Island. They call themselves the 4-Millimeter League and emblazon this on a flag over their raft. An old woman named Kololeeta sees this and asks to join them. The four characters successfully reach the island and taste the fruit. But when they gather to celebrate and disband their league, they confess that the fruit did not agree with them, and the party turns into a celebration of the continuation of their league.
Those who eat the Fulakokono fruit become more grown up, but also lose their childlike qualities. Banbollo declares that they gain something and, at the same time, lose something when they eat the fruit, and within this statement lies the book’s message. What the four characters do and say often appears “childish” and lacking in “commonsense,” yet they are loveable all the same. (Doi)

  • Text: Takadono, Hoko | Illus. Ono, Yayoi
  • Fukuinkan Shoten
  • 2018
  • 120 pages
  • 20×14
  • ISBN 978-4-8340-8395-8
  • Age 9 +

Fantasy, Growing, Fruit


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