Sarah Eitelberg

Hello Kitty, Hello 40: A Celebration in 40 Stories (Plus One For Good Luck)

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From her humble beginnings on a plastic coin purse, Hello Kitty has been delighting fans for four decades! From the mundane paraphernalia like t-shirts and lunchboxes to the more unique Hello Kitty collections, like sewing machines and water coolers, there’s no one out there that won’t know the sweet kitty face with the bright red bow. What better way to celebrate Hello Kitty’s 40th anniversary than a collection of Hello Kitty comics from fan artists around the world in Hello Kitty Hello 40!


Don’t let her age fool you, Hello Kitty is still ready for any adventure that comes her way! Surrounded by friends and family, Hello 40 tells of forty tales, plus one for good luck, of the spunky little cutie in pink.  Each story is so unique in style or content that you never can tell what the next page will bring you. She covers everything from entering a baking contest with her mother and sister to hunting ghosts in a spooky old mansion. What will the famous Hello Kitty do next!

With a visually stunning presentation to carry the story, the  Hello Kitty stories have no dialogue in any tale. Most stories only run a page or so, but are chuck full of such superb visual story telling you ‘d think you were  reading 40 full-fledged comic books! The artists and writers  involved in the tribute show their true love of the Hello Kitty franchise.  See a comic style or artist you really liked in the book? The back few pages give a short bio on each artist and writer for you to look up! Always a great way to expand your list of favorite artists and expose yourself to new names. Sprinkled between the Hello Kitty tales are short little snippets of the artist and writers about what Hello Kitty means to them. It’s neat to read through them to see how their response to Hello Kitty is reflected in their tribute piece in the book.

Hello 40 is a fantastic book for all ages, whether you’re a Hello Kitty fan or not (and how can you not love her?), you can’t deny the love and admiration that was put into this tribute for the happy young girl and her many many friends. Keep at it Hello Kitty!  Can’t wait to see you at your 80th anniversary!

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