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Saturday, June 07, 2008

Book Review: Yokai Attack

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Yokai Attack: The Japanese Monster Survival Guide
by Hiroko Yoda (Author), Matt Alt (Author), Tatsuya Morino (Illustrator)
192 Pages
Kodansha International

In Japan, yokai are scary, creepy beings that often appear at night. They haunt the dreams of children and are well represented in Japanese mythology and folk tales.

Co-authors Hiroko Yoda and Malt Alt have researched and presented in a reader-friendly format a guide to the yokai monsters.

This text is handsomely illustrated and a fun read. Both adults and children will enjoy this book.

Yoda and Alt introduce nearly 50 of the best-known yokai. in two pages. On the left page is the name, pronunciation, gender, height, weight, locomotion, distinctive features, offensive weapons, abundance, habitat, and claim to fame.

Then, on the opposite page, there is a wonderful illustration.

Two more pages go into further detail on the monster.

One example is "Konaki Jiji" (the old man that cries). This tame-looking monster will make your heart explode. Another is Tesso, a giant rat that eats human flesh, books, scrolls, and art--and dates back more than one thousand years.

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