Absolute Beginners Book Club // Now Reading: Tamamo no Koi!



Detective Milky Sugiyama investigates various cases around town.


Physical: Amazon JP,

Digital: Amazon JP, BOOK☆WALKER, Kobo

Personal Opinion

This book is from the same author as にゃんにゃん探偵団, the book that started the Absolute Beginner Book Club, and it should do roughly as well as a pick.

As a children’s picture book, it combines simple language with artwork to tell a story. The book contains three stories, each split into two parts (a case part, and a solution part), giving a clear sense of progression.

Pros and Cons for the Book Club


  • Simple language, as it’s a children’s book.
  • Furigana appears on all story kanji.
  • Under 90 pages of text.


  • General lack of kanji can make looking up words more difficult.
    • This can be offset by ensuring the vocabulary sheet is populated.


First Three Pages

Additional Pages

Difficulty Poll

How much effort would you need to read this book?

  • No effort at all
  • Minimal effort
  • Just right
  • Challenging
  • Impossible, even with everyone’s help
  • I don’t know (please click this if you’re not voting seriously)

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