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It's Kirby Time

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It's Kirby Time is a series of picture books revolving around characters and settings from the Kirby series, produced by Shogakukan Inc. in collaboration with Nintendo and HAL Laboratory. These books are currently only available in Japanese, though adaptations of them have been released in video form in English and other languages via Nintendo's YouTube channels. There are ten books in total, and each of them tells a short and simple story, typically revolving around Kirby, his friends, and other inhabitants of Dream Land. The books are officially marketed toward adults, though their brevity and simple language make them suitable for children as well. All of these books are written by Asami Taniguchi, though the illustrators differ from volume to volume.

List of books[edit]

The following is a full list of each book in It's Kirby Time in chronological order. English names of volumes are taken from Nintendo's localization where possible. Exceptions will be noted as such in their entries:

List of books  
# Cover Title Publication date Illustrator Description Notes
Itsudemo Kirby 1 Good Night Kirby cover.jpg Sweet Dreams, Kirby December 6th, 2019 Rurutea In this story, Kirby is napping in his house, and is unable to join his friends in various activities due to being too sleepy.
Itsudemo Kirby 2 Present of the Stars cover.jpg The Gift of a Star December 6th, 2019 Rurutea In this story, Kirby and company are decorating a tree for Christmas, but are missing a star to put on top. Kirby finds a shooting star and tries to bring it back, but fumbles and smashes it to pieces by accident. He and his friends then work to put it back together again, piece-by-piece.
It's Kirby Time - Take Courage cover.png Take Courage March 27th, 2020 Hyogonosuke In this story, Kirby searches far and wide for a special fruit that is said to instill courage in whoever eats it; called the "heart fruit". Kirby eventually finds it after much hardship, but takes it home instead of eating it right away. On his way back, he sees a Waddle Dee fearing crossing a narrow log bridge, and decides to give the fruit to him instead.
It's Kirby Time - Kirby's Tiny World cover.png Kirby's Tiny World September 4th, 2020 Hyogonosuke In this story, Kirby and friends engage in a bunch of various fun activities around Dream Land in a single day, with no worries whatsoever.
It's Kirby Time - Thank You cover.png Thank You November 27th, 2020 Rurutea In this story, Kirby and company share with their friends what they are thankful for.
It's Kirby Time - A Hug from Kirby cover.png A Hug from Kirby April 16th, 2021 Caho In this story, Kirby finds Adeleine, who has fallen in love and is trying to find the source of a long red thread. Adeleine asks Kirby if he knows what love is, so Kirby tries to find out by hugging various Dream Landers and noting what it feels like.
It's Kirby Time - Together with Kirby cover.png Together with Kirby January 21st, 2022 Karameru In this story, Kirby finds one day that a sprout has grown out the top of his head. While his friends find it strange, Kirby enjoys it, and treats it like a friend. Eventually, it blooms into a flower, and later wilts, causing Kirby and company to wonder what to do. The next day, the flower reveals itself as a dandelion, as it has turned to its seeding stage, and all the seeds disperse, thanking Kirby for keeping them company.
It's Kirby Time - Kirby's Birthday cover.png カービィのお誕生日
Kirby's Birthday
April 25th, 2022 Caho In this story, Kirby celebrates many parties for his birthday. This book hasn't been officially adapted into English,
and was made to celebrate Kirby's 30th Anniversary.
It's Kirby Time - Kirby's Alone Time cover.png カービィのひとり時間
Kirby's Alone Time
September 2nd, 2022 Hyogonosuke In this story, Kirby and Meta Knight spend some alone time, contrasting the different things they do. This book hasn't been officially adapted into English.
It's Kirby Time - Welcome Home Kirby cover.png おかえりカービィ
Welcome Home Kirby
July 21st, 2023 Karameru In this story, Kirby travels through many planets in outer space to find "a place that makes one's heart feel at home". This book hasn't been officially adapted into English.

Video adaptations[edit]

Starting in April 2022, Nintendo began publishing video adaptations of the It's Kirby Time novels onto its various YouTube channels, starting with the original Japanese, and then localizing them into various languages, such as English, Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese. So far, the first seven books have received video adaptations, though the adaptations are not in the same order as the books themselves. The Japanese adaptations are narrated by Makiko Ohmoto, while the others remain uncredited. These adaptations were supervised by WARPSTAR, Inc., the same company that supervised the creation of Kirby: Right Back at Ya!.

The following are each of the American English adaptations in order of release:

List of video adaptations  
Title Video Release date
Kirby's Tiny World
April 8th, 2022
Take Courage
April 28th, 2022
Sweet Dreams, Kirby
July 22nd, 2022
Together with Kirby
November 2nd, 2022
The Gift of a Star
December 16th, 2022
A Hug from Kirby
February 14th, 2023
Thank You
March 23rd, 2023

The Gift of a Star had previously received a Japanese video adaptation in January 2020 for Shogakukan's CIAO YouTube channel, but this version is no longer available (except through a Wayback Machine snapshot). The 2020 version also featured Makiko Ohmoto's voice (although a different recording of it) and was also supervised by WARPSTAR, Inc.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese いつでもカービィ
Itsudemo Kabyi
Kirby Anytime
Chinese 跟卡比在一起
gēn kǎ bǐ zài yī qǐ
Together with Kirby
Dutch Tijd voor Kirby Time for Kirby
French Les Histoires de Kirby Kirby's Tales
German Kirby-Geschichten Kirby Stories
Italian Storie di Kirby Kirby's stories
Korean 언제나 커비와
eonjena keobiwa
Always with Kirby
Brazilian Portuguese Contos do Kirby Kirby's Tales
European Portuguese Os contos do Kirby Kirby's tales
Spanish Los cuentos de Kirby Kirby's Tales

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