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I was reading a picture book, and there was this sentence: アオくて ちいさな ぼくのイス。

Why is "ao" and "isu" written in katakana and not hiragana?

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It's done because it makes it easier to read and understand when no kanji are used.

Easy to read (general usage)

[青]{あお}くて[小]{ちい}さな[僕]{ぼく}の[椅子]{いす}。

Normal(this question)

アオくて ちいさな ぼくのイス。

Hard to read (hard to understand)

あおくて ちいさな ぼくのいす。

Hardest to read (this might not be understandable)

あおくてちいさなぼくのいす。

Impossible to read (joke :-P)

あおくてち いさなぼ くのいす。

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