Hachi and Friends
2nd. Edition, Full Color Throughout!
Written by Anastasia Ormeron
Illustrated by Akitas Comics
Author Anastasia Ormeron has found fans in online Akita communities with her book, Hachi & Friends. In fact, she’s had so much success we will be publishing a book of her Akita fan stories coming out this fall!
Through her “travels” in the Akita community, she met the amazing illustrator Akitas Comics, aka Rebecca Szmidt. The two put their heads together and collaborated on a color version of the book interior illustrations, and so a new, full color version was born.
We are keeping the black and white 1st edition available as well (selling for $10.95), while the new, full color version is just $14.95 in paperback. Both are fully illustrated and set to be enjoyed by Hachi fans the world over for years to come.
About the Book
If you happen to be passing through Shibuya Railway Station, in the chaotic heart of Tokyo, you are certain to come across a small bronze statue of a dog.
This is Hachi-kò, the “Loyal Akita Inu of Japan,” who waited faithfully at that exact spot for almost ten years in the hope of his master’s return.
Shibuya Station is a focal point in this delightful tale combining fact and fiction, and every afternoon our hero unfailingly meets the incoming three o’clock train, seeking the one familiar face which means so much to him—that of Master Ueno.
A mysterious kidnapping sets Hachi and friends on a trail that twists and turns through the Tokyo of the 1920s, and Hachi comes face to face with his worst fear. Will he overcome it to win the day?
You’ll meet some of Hachi’s many human and animal friends, including Maro, the vagabond mixed breed who is proud to live as a street dog, Goro, who was abandoned as a puppy outside the police station and now acts as police dog, and Debbie, Hachi’s special fox terrier friend who lives next door.
This illustrated story for ages 9 and up is dedicated to Hachi, beloved the world over. This second edition features all new, full color illustrations by Akitas Comics.
About the Author
Anastasia Ormeron is a mother, a teacher, and now a writer. A friend to all animals since childhood, she carries many of their beloved stories into the classroom, believing that some of life’s greatest lessons can be learned from them.
Anastasia spent most of her crazier growing up years in London, but shares a quieter life today, in a tiny corner of the Italian Alps, with her husband and grumpy grey cat, Mathilda.
About the Illustrator
Talented French illustrator, Rebecca Szmidt, better known as “Akitas Comics,” combines her love of art and dogs with humorous flair. A former student of the prestigious La Cambre-Mode Academy, Rebecca is also a successful fashion designer. Find her on Instagram and Facebook at @akitas_comics.