vol 1-3by Hayao Miyazaki
So, My Neighbor Totoro is about two girls who move with their father into an old farmhouse on the edge of a forest. In the first volume, they move in, explore the empty house, and the youngest daughter finds that little mischevous dust sprites are living in the house (the kid next door thinks it's haunted). An older woman nearby tells them how to get rid of the dust sprites. In volume two, Mei (the little girl) wanders into the forest and finds three strange creatures which she follows around. When she tells her family, her older sister doesn't believe her, but her father tells her they are forest spirits and she's blessed by seeing them. Then the older sister wants to see them, too. In the third volume, the girls are waiting at a bus stop in the rain for their dad to come home when the largest totoro comes and waits with them, but he gets on a bus shaped like a huge cat with many feet. Later they wake up at night, find the totoro outside, and join him near small garden plot they planted with gathered acorns. The totoro leads them in a kind of dance gesturing upwards that magically makes the acorns grow into huge, impressive trees. There's more going on- scenes at school, encounters with the neighbor boy, but that's really the gist of it. I think the three volumes could easily have been made one book, though. Apparently there's a fourth volume, but my library doesn't have it. These books would probably appeal most to kids who have seen the film; if I'd know it I would have just watched the animation instead.
Here you can see some clips from the film.
Rating: 2/5 ........143 pages (each), 2004