- Author Bio
Join 11-year-old Yuzu at her animal hospital and meet her new fluffy friends! In an engaging and cutely-drawn comic, watch Yuzu navigate issues like bullying, animal care, and understanding illness and deaths of pets and family.
MEET DR. YUZU AND HER FLUFFY NEW FRIENDS!
Yuzu is only 11 years old, but she’s got a lot on her plate. When her mom gets sick, Yuzu goes to live with her Uncle Akihito, who runs the local animal hospital. She’s super scared of animals, but she’ll do her best to help out!
Through many tough moments, like her mother’s illness and standing up to bullies, Yuzu learns big lessons about what it means to care. And with some help from her animal pals, friends, and kind grown-ups, Yuzu’s ready to take on the day!
Perfect for aspiring vets of all ages!
Series Overview: For an 11-year-old, Yuzu has a lot on her plate. When her mom gets sick and has to be hospitalized, Yuzu goes to live with her uncle who runs the local animal hospital. Yuzu’s always been scared of animals, but she tries to help out. The resident Chihuahua is tiny and adorable, but acts up whenever Yuzu comes near. The fluffy cats that see her a hiss. Yuzu just wants some peace and quiet, but what can she do?!
Then an encounter with a boy and his dog turns fear into a desire to learn…And as Yuzu works hard to understand her fuzzy friends, they begin to feel comfortable around each other. Through all the tough moments in her life, from her mother’s illness to bullying at school, Yuzu realizes that she can help make things all right with a little help from her animal pals, peers, and kind grown-ups. Every new patient is a furry friend in the making!
Perfect for aspiring pet vets of all ages!
Popular in Japan, Yuzu’s elementary school arc is complete at 7 volumes, with a kids’ novel spin off and a new middle school sequel
For 3 years, it has been a mainstay in one of Japan’s most popular young girls’ magazines: Nakayoshi
All-ages, and aimed specifically at elementary school and early middle school readers
Color insert of adorable animals and Yuzu at the beginning of every book
Mingo Itou debuted as a manga artist in 2008, and has worked her way to serialization in 2016 with Yuzu the Pet Vet, her first work translated into English.
Author Residence: Japan
Author Hometown: Japan
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"Really wholesome and refreshing...a manga for young girls about cute animals and overcoming fears. Recommended for all ages." -Manga Bookshelf
“This series has cute art and a charming story, and animal lovers of all ages will want to check it out.” -School Library Journal
"Too pure for words! This story about a young girl facing her fear of animals while working at her uncle's vet clinic made me cry twice! If you are an animal lover at all, you should pick up this series!" -Shae Geeks Out
"A sweet story about what it means to share your life with an animal…perfect for young and old readers alike!" -Anime UK