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Kiki & Jax: The Life-Changing Magic of Friendship

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Inspired by Marie Kondo’s KonMari Method™, “Kiki & Jax” tells the endearing story of two best friends who couldn’t be more different: Kiki is a collector and Jax is a sorter. The one thing they always agree on is how much fun they have together. But when Kiki’s things start getting in the way, they have to figure out how to make room for what’s always sparked joy – their f Inspired by Marie Kondo’s KonMari Method™, “Kiki & Jax” tells the endearing story of two best friends who couldn’t be more different: Kiki is a collector and Jax is a sorter. The one thing they always agree on is how much fun they have together. But when Kiki’s things start getting in the way, they have to figure out how to make room for what’s always sparked joy – their friendship.


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Inspired by Marie Kondo’s KonMari Method™, “Kiki & Jax” tells the endearing story of two best friends who couldn’t be more different: Kiki is a collector and Jax is a sorter. The one thing they always agree on is how much fun they have together. But when Kiki’s things start getting in the way, they have to figure out how to make room for what’s always sparked joy – their f Inspired by Marie Kondo’s KonMari Method™, “Kiki & Jax” tells the endearing story of two best friends who couldn’t be more different: Kiki is a collector and Jax is a sorter. The one thing they always agree on is how much fun they have together. But when Kiki’s things start getting in the way, they have to figure out how to make room for what’s always sparked joy – their friendship.

30 review for Kiki & Jax: The Life-Changing Magic of Friendship

  1. 5 out of 5

    Veronica ⭐️

    *https://theburgeoningbookshelf.blogsp... Kiki, a squirrel, and Jax, an owl, were best friends but they didn’t like everything the same. Kiki loved to collect things whilst Jax loved sorting things. Kiki had so many things collected all over her house she couldn’t find what she needed when Jax came over to ask her out to play or go swimming. Kiki always had to play at Jax house. She wished she could play with her best friend at her house but there was no room. Jax said he could help Kiki sort her c *https://theburgeoningbookshelf.blogsp... Kiki, a squirrel, and Jax, an owl, were best friends but they didn’t like everything the same. Kiki loved to collect things whilst Jax loved sorting things. Kiki had so many things collected all over her house she couldn’t find what she needed when Jax came over to ask her out to play or go swimming. Kiki always had to play at Jax house. She wished she could play with her best friend at her house but there was no room. Jax said he could help Kiki sort her collections. It was his favourite thing to do. Together they sorted and piled and stored. Now Kiki had room for all her favourite things and most important….room for her best friend. Marie Kondo has used her life changing magic of tidying theories to include your children in the tidying process. By making it fun, tidying can be something you can enjoy together. Salina Yoon’s full page colour illustrations give a visual aspect to Marie Kondo’s sparsely worded story making it perfect for even the younger children in the family. In this time when children are at home more than ever this is a gentle story about the benefits of keeping a tidy room. Although I did like the idea of sorting and categorising items into keep, donate and throw out I think she could have included something on storage and labelling so everything has its place. Kondo includes her mantra of “sparking joy” in this story and I’m not sure how this will convert to a child’s thinking. Everything sparks joy in a child, even if it is that stone, feather or string they found on a walk. *I received a copy from the publisher

  2. 5 out of 5

    McKenzie/literarydragon

    Adorable cleaning propaganda

  3. 4 out of 5

    La Coccinelle

    I was a bit skeptical about this one, but it's actually really cute! It's like the kids' version of the KonMari method, wrapped up in a little story about friendship. Kiki the squirrel and Jax the owl are best friends. Kiki's a bit of a hoarder, though, and eventually her tendency to hang on to everything starts to affect her friendship with Jax. He comes over to play ball... but she can't find it. He comes over to ask her if she wants to go swimming... but she can't find her suit in the mess. Ja I was a bit skeptical about this one, but it's actually really cute! It's like the kids' version of the KonMari method, wrapped up in a little story about friendship. Kiki the squirrel and Jax the owl are best friends. Kiki's a bit of a hoarder, though, and eventually her tendency to hang on to everything starts to affect her friendship with Jax. He comes over to play ball... but she can't find it. He comes over to ask her if she wants to go swimming... but she can't find her suit in the mess. Jax is annoyed that things are getting in the way of their friendship, so he makes Kiki a gift to remind her of what's important. When Kiki receives the gift, she's thrilled, and goes to Jax's house to thank him. Then they play. When Kiki wishes they could play at her house, Jax offers to help, and they tidy up the squirrel's abode using the KonMari Method. It's a great introduction to Marie Kondo's techniques for kids. It even gives enough description that adults could probably get something out of it (if they haven't already read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up). There are also illustrated instructions at the back on how to fold a shirt so you can stand it upright in your drawer. Fans of the KonMari Method will probably want to have this for their kids. But it could probably be a valuable little book for any messy kid who needs a few pointers on how to keep the clutter to a minimum. Quotable moment:

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mariana Elkins

    I read this book with my son and we have started to declutter his room. It’s not an easy process. I can foresee some bribery being envolved in the future. This book did help him understand what is happening. The best part was when he stared crying he screamed: I am overwhelmed. He didn’t know that word before this book. I told him we could take a brake when ever he felt overwhelmed. Teaching him to identify and deal with that emotion is enough to earn this book 5⭐️!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    It's silly and a weird extension of the brand, but this little story does hit on the core of Kondo's decluttering philosophy and -- my favorite part -- how to properly fold your shirts for drawers. If you've liked her other books, this will probably spark joy too.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Lowkey loved this book. I may use it from now on to explain organizing the library.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Annese

    Marie Kondo is DETERMINED to make us clean up! If you didn't get it with the first book, large print edition, audiobook, manga, or TV series, here is another format for you to try. Consistency! The picture book is definitely the version I needed. I appreciate her for keeping us accountable. That said... cleaning/getting rid of my books will forever be the hardest part.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Janet (mommy.the.reader)

    I didn't realize this was a Marie Kondo book when I picked it out at the library. It showed up on a list of books about friendship and looked cute. What a fun surprise to realize that Kondo was a co-author and we were getting a lesson on tidiness as well as friendship. The overall idea is one friend is messy, and a bit of a hoarder (well, she is a squirrel), and the other is more skilled with his organizational abilities. They end up working together so they can actually find the toys they want t I didn't realize this was a Marie Kondo book when I picked it out at the library. It showed up on a list of books about friendship and looked cute. What a fun surprise to realize that Kondo was a co-author and we were getting a lesson on tidiness as well as friendship. The overall idea is one friend is messy, and a bit of a hoarder (well, she is a squirrel), and the other is more skilled with his organizational abilities. They end up working together so they can actually find the toys they want to play with, a problem that unsurprisingly resonated with my preschooler. 😏 Some of it was a bit unrealistic, and maybe intentionally directed at the grown-up reader, since everything my son acquires sparks joy in him, and the resulting organized room was a bit too Pottery Barn catalog-ish IMO, but there were many relatable elements. My son's favorite part was a map of Kiki's house showing the long path she needed to take to navigate around all the clutter to get to her front door. An excellent visual. I need to draw one of those for our house. He gives this book 100🌟s which translates to 5 on Goodreads, and I'm in agreement.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I'm a big fan of Marie Kondo (I've read Life-Changing Magic, Spark Joy, and her manga), and I'm a big fan of picture books, so I've been eagerly waiting for this one. It didn't disappoint! I really like how this cute story of friends is shown in a way that allows kids to see that tidying isn't just something their parents want them to do, but it can be short term fun (the act of going through your things, weeding, and sorting), and long term fun (having the space to play and knowing where all you I'm a big fan of Marie Kondo (I've read Life-Changing Magic, Spark Joy, and her manga), and I'm a big fan of picture books, so I've been eagerly waiting for this one. It didn't disappoint! I really like how this cute story of friends is shown in a way that allows kids to see that tidying isn't just something their parents want them to do, but it can be short term fun (the act of going through your things, weeding, and sorting), and long term fun (having the space to play and knowing where all your favourite things are). I think it really shows how the KonMari method can be useful for all ages. It also is genuinely just a nice story about friendship and how looking after your space means you can dedicate more time to the friends you care about. Salina Yoon's illustrations are super cute and really easy on the eye. I think it helps with the understanding of this one since it lets us see the methods easily. Recommended for all ages, especially for those kids who either like tidying and organizing or really struggle with how to keep their own things tidy and organized (especially in a way that maximizes fun).

  10. 4 out of 5

    Adele

    Somewhat cute and a little sad at points. My husband who has read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing says this does succeed in incorporating the key take-aways from that book into a picture book for children. I wanted to read this because I am totally Kiki and my husband is totally Jax so maybe it is to be expected that I thought it was only okay. Somewhat cute and a little sad at points. My husband who has read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing says this does succeed in incorporating the key take-aways from that book into a picture book for children. I wanted to read this because I am totally Kiki and my husband is totally Jax so maybe it is to be expected that I thought it was only okay.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ksenia

    Adorable! I am a mix of Kiki AND Jax: I like to collect things but I do like to sort them all cause clutter drives me nuts!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Meibos

    I haven't seen very many books a about organizing stuff for kids. I liked the idea of thinking about what "sparks joy". We could use a school version on keeping desks and backpacks organized.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tricia

    Wahooo! Thank you, Marie Kondo! Thanks to this cute and compelling story, Evie wanted to sort toys this morning and actually pass some along to other kiddos.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Naomi

    What the living hell? My mouth dropped in listening to this book. Can we let kids be kids versus making them anxious about the hoarding that kids naturally do? This woman irritates the living bejeezus out of me anyway, but this is a new low to make a buck.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Anjanette

    book about organization book about different friends

  16. 4 out of 5

    Winston

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. it's not a spoiler that she brought up joy for kids, and totally misses

  17. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    #KonMarie for kids

  18. 4 out of 5

    Shimona Hirchberg

    this is so cute! and really good for kids (and those reading it to kids)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Earl

    I thought this was super cute and a great way to introduce kids to the fun of tidying up.

  20. 5 out of 5

    FanFiAddict

    *Thanks to PRH Audio for a review copy of Kiki & Jax: The Life-Changing Magic of Friendship* Continuing my kick on childrens' books for the impending birth of my daughter, Emma Kate, in June, I decided to give Mari Kondo's a go. Mary Steenburgen (that of Stepbrothers, Elf, The Proposal, Four Christmases fame, among many more) lends her voice to this short little tale of, well, tidying up to make room for friends. She has a very distinct voice and it works perfectly in this setting, and she does a *Thanks to PRH Audio for a review copy of Kiki & Jax: The Life-Changing Magic of Friendship* Continuing my kick on childrens' books for the impending birth of my daughter, Emma Kate, in June, I decided to give Mari Kondo's a go. Mary Steenburgen (that of Stepbrothers, Elf, The Proposal, Four Christmases fame, among many more) lends her voice to this short little tale of, well, tidying up to make room for friends. She has a very distinct voice and it works perfectly in this setting, and she does a great job keeping the characters separate for the listener and providing excellent pace. You sort of knew going in what the book was going to be about with Kondo's organizing fame, but it has a really strong message about friendship that all children can learn from. I'll keep this one in mind for future reference.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jana

    It seems like our homes are filled to the rafters with too much stuff. Many people have organizing and cleaning their homes as an important goal for the new year. This book is a great way to get children involved in the effort to eliminate the items that are getting in the way of peace and happiness in our lives. The two friends in the story are very different: one is very neat and organized and the other has so much stuff, it gets in the way of their fun times. The neat and tidy friend helps th It seems like our homes are filled to the rafters with too much stuff. Many people have organizing and cleaning their homes as an important goal for the new year. This book is a great way to get children involved in the effort to eliminate the items that are getting in the way of peace and happiness in our lives. The two friends in the story are very different: one is very neat and organized and the other has so much stuff, it gets in the way of their fun times. The neat and tidy friend helps the other. The book includes great tips for young readers who would like to bring a little more order to their homes.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Margie

    Kiki & Jax: the life-changing magic of friendship (Crown Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, November 5, 2019) written by Marie Kondo with illustrations by Salina Yoon The method of tidying by only keeping those things which bring you joy by author Marie Kondo is featured in this first children's picture book. Kiki and Jax, charmingly portrayed by Salina Yoon, have different personalities, one is a collector and the other is a sorter. They find more enjoyment in Kiki & Jax: the life-changing magic of friendship (Crown Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, November 5, 2019) written by Marie Kondo with illustrations by Salina Yoon The method of tidying by only keeping those things which bring you joy by author Marie Kondo is featured in this first children's picture book. Kiki and Jax, charmingly portrayed by Salina Yoon, have different personalities, one is a collector and the other is a sorter. They find more enjoyment in their friendship by combining their strengths. In a word---inspirational. My full recommendation: https://librariansquest.blogspot.com/...

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rebekah

    Salina Yoon's illustration style is very adorable and matches the light hearted story very well. This little picture book only contains two of Marie Kondo's teachings - put all your things in piles and only keep what sparks joy, and the end pages have the shirt folding tutorial - which I guess is all you can expect a young child to do on their own. It's a very cute book and a nice introduction to the Konmari method. (I also guess if you know anyone who is really against the Konmari method, this Salina Yoon's illustration style is very adorable and matches the light hearted story very well. This little picture book only contains two of Marie Kondo's teachings - put all your things in piles and only keep what sparks joy, and the end pages have the shirt folding tutorial - which I guess is all you can expect a young child to do on their own. It's a very cute book and a nice introduction to the Konmari method. (I also guess if you know anyone who is really against the Konmari method, this might be a backhanded way to get them to understand how it works, especially if they're an adult)

  24. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    I was a little bit on the fence about this book when I first heard about it, but it turned out to be adorable. It breaks down the Konmari method of tidying in simple enough terms for any child to be able to understand and appreciate, while also being a generally adorable story about friendship. I can absolutely see this book being useful to parents trying to apply Marie Kondo’s methods to their own home, but struggling to get their kids on board. I also loved the illustrations of her shirt foldi I was a little bit on the fence about this book when I first heard about it, but it turned out to be adorable. It breaks down the Konmari method of tidying in simple enough terms for any child to be able to understand and appreciate, while also being a generally adorable story about friendship. I can absolutely see this book being useful to parents trying to apply Marie Kondo’s methods to their own home, but struggling to get their kids on board. I also loved the illustrations of her shirt folding method in the back of the book!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    "They didn't always like doing things the same way. Jax enjoyed sorting, and Kiki enjoyed collecting." I think Marie Kondo is great on all fronts, and her first children's book is no different. Here is a simple friendship story that uses child-friendly terms to frame how we relate to our stuff. Bonus: endpaper instructions for folding clothes to stand upright. Illustrations by the always-wonderful Salina Yoon.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Great Books

    Kiki and Jax are best friends. They do everything together until Kiki's mess gets to be so bad that it inhibits her from finding things. Soon it puts a damper on her friendship with Jax. Jax being the best friend that he is helps Kiki to sort through the mess. They organize together which helps to strength their friendship. A cute story of how people can overcome obstacles with the help of friends. Reviewer 6

  27. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I am a recent student of decluttering -- I do not subscribe fully to Marie Kondo's methodology as I do my own, but I saw this book and couldn't resist. The Oz Man is a collector and I thought this would be a good book for him to see the use in organizing. Turns out he's already a fan of organizing, just not of getting rid of things. Oops. Well, he liked this book a lot. You want to win Oz over you just have to put a map in your book, lol!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bea M Soto

    I loved the story, simple and with a great message inside. It’s also cute and tender with great illustrations. It can make you laugh and even want to cry. Reminds us of the importance of giving value to what is really valuable. Also, it’s a great introduction to the Kon Marie method. My kid read it too and loved it. He told me, Mum, whenever I don’t want to put my things in order, tell me to read this book again, please.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sheri

    This was a cute book about friends and playing together when you have the space to do it. Kiki the squirrel is a collector and Jax, the owl, is an organizer. They cannot play together at Kiki's house until she puts her collections away and there is space. But Kiki needs Jax to help with organizing her things. Message-driven book.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Austin

    This was very cute, but in case you were wondering: yes, this is just a straight up kids version of LCMoTU. It's inserted into a parable about friendship, but it's very much a cleaning instruction manual. Not that that's an inherently bad thing! I can see many scenarios in which this would be helpful.

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