Book Review of So You Want To Be A Ninja?
The Children’s Book Review
Written by Bruno Vincent
Illustrated by Takayo Akiyama
Ages 8-12 | 96 Pages
Publisher: Thames & Hudson | ISBN: 9780500652107
What to Expect: History, Culture, Interactive.
Kate, Eddie, and Angus want to be ninjas—and what better way to learn than to travel back in time to see what ninjas really got up to? Guided by the Grand Master, they travel back to eighteenth-century Japan to study from two of the coolest ninjas in history: Hanzo (the bravest ninja ever) and Chiyo (female ninja and mistress of disguise). With the help of these two legendary teachers, Kate, Eddie, and Angus learn how to handle deadly weapons, use mind control, use disguises to make themselves invisible, and spy-like espionage pros.
So You Want to Be A Ninja is a massively engaging collection of facts, diagrams, and how-to guides that will have any reader itching to get out into the backyard and construct a ninja mansion (complete with rice fields and hidden trap door), practice their tightrope walking, and tell time without a clock (by staring at cats). Throughout the book, quizzes, maps, recipes, and checklists encourage readers to experience history for themselves rather than just reading about it. Best of all, the book draws on the latest genuine ninja scholarship. Brought even more to life by Takayo Akiyama’s energetic, cartoon-style illustrations, this book is a perfect way to get your kids up and moving again after the long pandemic lockdown.
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About the Author
Bruno Vincent is the author of several humor titles.
About the Illustrator
Takayo Akiyama is a Japanese illustrator based in London and the illustrator of previous books in the series, So You Want to Be a Roman Soldier?, So You Want to Be a Viking?, and So You Want to Be a Ninja?
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