Gigi and Ojiji: What’s in a Name? (I Can Read Level 3) (Hardcover)

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Gigi and Ojiji: What’s in a Name? (I Can Read Level 3) (Hardcover)

By Melissa Iwai, Melissa Iwai (Illustrator)

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Gigi wants to go by something besides her baby name—but her full name, Geraldine, is too long to write and Hanako, her middle name, doesn’t feel quite right. Will Gigi find the perfect name?

This exciting new I Can Read series is brought to you by author-illustrator Melissa Iwai, whose popular books include Soup Day and Dumplings for Lili.

Gigi and Ojiji: What’s in a Name? is a Level Three I Can Read book. Level 3 includes many fun subjects kids love to read about on their own. Themes include friendship, adventure, historical fiction, and science. Level 3 books are written for early independent readers. They include some challenging words and more complex themes and stories. The story contains several Japanese words and a glossary of definitions.

Praise for Gigi and Ojiji:

"Gigi crafts her Japanese American identity in this ­enchanting early reader. The cuteness, inclusivity, and cross-cultural problem-solving represented will have young ­readers coming back again and again. A must-buy." —School Library Journal (starred review)

"The text is well supported by the endearing illustrations, which capture all of Gigi’s big emotions and depict her as a biracial child, with a white father and Japanese mother." —Booklist (starred review)

"An affirming option in the quickly diversifying field of early-reader books." —Kirkus

A 2023 Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor title

El día de los niños, el día de los libros selection 2023

ALSC Notable 2023

CBC Teacher and Librarian Favorites Award 2023

A Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year in the 5-9 beginning reader category (2023)

Melissa Iwai is a children's book author and illustrator who incorporates both traditional and digital media into her art. Her picture books include Dumplings for LiliSoup DayPizza DayChanukah Lights EverywhereMy Snow GlobeLet’s Go to the Hardware StoreThirty Minutes Over Oregon, and many more! She is also the author and illustrator of the Geisel Honor I Can Read series Gigi and Ojiji. When she's not working, Melissa loves to cook and develop her own recipes. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son.



Melissa Iwai is a children's book author and illustrator who incorporates both traditional and digital media into her art. Her picture books include Dumplings for LiliSoup DayPizza DayChanukah Lights EverywhereMy Snow GlobeLet’s Go to the Hardware StoreThirty Minutes Over Oregon, and many more! She is also the author and illustrator of the Geisel Honor I Can Read series Gigi and Ojiji. When she's not working, Melissa loves to cook and develop her own recipes. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son.

Product Details ISBN: 9780063208094
ISBN-10: 0063208091
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: January 3rd, 2023
Pages: 32
Language: English
Series: I Can Read Level 3

"A must buy" — School Library Journal (starred review)