Created: 25th March, 2024

The Perfect Sushi

Author: Emily Satoko Seo
Illustrator: Mique Moriuchi
Publisher: Barefoot





When Miko's attempts at making sushi for her grandmother keep turning out lopsided, she resorts to buying a ready-made platter from a robotic assembly line, but there's something missing... Miko learns that food made with heart, not precision, is what makes it perfect.

A gentle study of culture, food and family, which also validates children's feelings of frustration when things don't go their way. The text weaves in some Japanese vocabulary and onomatopoeia (with a glossary for both, plus a recipe for homemade sushi in the backmatter) alongside the collage and painted illustrations - the nature of cut-paper collage, too, being perfectly imperfect.