Jasmine Toguchi Super Sleuth

Debbi Michiko Florence Children’s Book Event: Girls’ Day!

Debbi Michiko Florence Children’s Book Event: Celebrating Girls’ Day!

March 3, 2018

11 AM

Newtonville Books

10 Langley Rd

Newton, MA 02459


Join Debbi Michiko Florence in a celebration of the Japanese holiday, Girls’ Day. She will talk about about Girls’ Day, do an origami activity and read from (and sign) Jasmine Toguchi Super Sleuth. AND there will be mochi!

Girls Day event at Newtonville Books

JASMINE TOGUCHI, MOCHI QUEEN by Debbi Michiko Florence

illustrated by Elizabet Vukovic (Farrar Straus Giroux/2017)

Free Downloadable Coloring Sheet: Girls Day


“Florence paints a lovely picture of a warm, extended family whose members truly care about one another and take each other seriously…New readers thirsty for series fiction will look forward to more stories about Jasmine and her family.”–Kirkus

“This first entry nicely balances humor with the challenges of growing up; readers will devour it.” —School Library Journal

“…an adorable and heartwarming story about a kid who wants to feel special and do something first for once, along with a nice overview of a Japanese New Year celebration.”–Booklist

“Florence warmly traces Jasmine’s efforts to get strong (and fast), her clashes and tender moments with her family, and the ins and outs of making mochi (a recipe is included). Vukovic’s b&w spot illustrations evoke Japanese Sumi-e painting while playfully capturing Jasmine’s willfulness and her family’s closeness.” —Publishers Weekly

“The Toguchi family’s warmth and affection for one another will leave readers eager to spend more time with them.”–Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“This first in the series handily introduces a plucky, strong-willed girl whose family traditions may be new to many readers but whose frustrations will be familiar to nearly all. Humorous illustrations help young audiences picture the mochi-making process, which is further explained in an author’s note. Also appended: a recipe for ‘microwave mochi.'” —The Horn Book

Amazon’s Best Children’s Books of 2017 (ages 6 – 8)


Website: debbimichikoflorence.com   Email: jasminetoguchibooks@gmail.com


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