23 July, Kaoru Hayamine

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Pierrot the Thief Steals the School


Pierrot was a thief who only stole things with no value. But really, he was the man who ran Nishizawa Books (which everybody knew).
  This day, too, he was minding his empty shop as usual. At his feet, his dog, Goro, let out a big yawn.
  Then an elementary-schooler came in. I’m Student Council President Shōta Yoshikawa. Pierrot the Thief, I want you to steal the school.
  Surprised, the man asked why. Yoshikawa told him that, thanks to the coronavirus, all the events at school were being canceled. No field trips, no swimming class, no camping. . . .
  School is so boring now that it’s worthless.
  I see just what you mean. There are a lot of preparations I need to make, so can you wait a week or so?
  After Shōta left, the man took out

Easy

Disguises

for

Dummies

and began to make something.
  The next day, Shōta’s teacher summoned him.
  Do you want to try planning your own Sports Day?
  Shōta used an online meeting system to gather opinions from the other kids.
  I want to have Sports Day.
  I want to, but how?
  I want to run a race.
  But just wanting to won’t get us anywhere.
  It would suck to get in trouble for practicing.
  But if it’s our own Sports Day, maybe it would be worth getting in trouble.
  Let’s think of a Sports Day we

can

do!
  How about a relay with kids carrying the ends of a two-meter pole?
  We could put long strings in the backs of our shorts and see who can steal the most!
  An obstacle course that includes hand-washing, gargling, and ventilating!
  We can leave out greeting the attendees.
  Let’s get our teacher to help.
  Shōta collected all the ideas and wrote a proposal for A Sports Day We Can Actually Do Together.
  A week later, Pierrot checked in with Shōta.
  About stealing the school—
  Oh, don’t worry about it. I’m busy now, so. . . .
  Shōta had to get ready to present the Sports Day plan at the faculty meeting, so now was no time to be pulling off heists.
  Relieved to hear that, Pierrot put away the teacher mask he had made using

Easy

Disguises

for

Dummies

and said to Goro, Well, shall we go home and prepare to steal the coronavirus, then?
  Goro responded to Pierrot’s idea with a big

Bark!




Translated by Emily Balistrieri/Arranged by TranNet KK

Kaoru Hayamine
Born in Mie Prefecture, 1964. Upon graduating from Mie University’s Faculty of Education, he worked as a teacher at an elementary school, and after looking for books that would inspire his students who disliked reading, he began to write his own stories. Won honorary mention at the 30th Kodansha Children’s Literature New Face Award for Kaitō dōkeshi (Pierrot the thief). His works include the Meitantei Yumemizu Kiyoshirō jiken nōto (Ace detective Kiyoshirō Yumemizu’s casebook) series, the Kaitō kuīn (Queen the thief) series, and the Tokai no Tomu & Sōya (Tom and Sawyer of the city) series, as well as

Baibai

sukūru

(Bye-bye school),

Boku

to

miraiya

no

natsu

(The summer of me and the shop of the future),

Kaerisorajō

no

nazo:

TRICK

seishunban

(The mystery of Kaerisora Castle: TRICK young reader edition), all published by Kodansha, among others. His most recent work is

Remu

no

sekai

wa

surippu

suru:

Akai

yume

e

youkosozensōkyoku

(Remu’s world slips: Welcome to the red dream—prelude—).

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