From School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-For anyone who's ever wondered how they would fare against a kappa, kitsune, or the dreaded kuchisake onna, these lively volumes are structured as handbooks for surviving encounters with Japan's legendary monsters, spirits, assassins, and spies. Ninja Attack! dispels stereotypes while filling in the real history of these infamous spies and assassins. Yokai Attack! catalogs demons and monsters, and Yurei Attack! focuses on gruesome ghost stories. Action-packed tales of vengeful spirits and shape-shifting badgers are accompanied by historical background, regional origins, and related trivia, while profiles of well-known ninja are interspersed with details of their daily lives, such as housing and food. Each book includes appendixes with recommended books, movies, and websites for further research. Gleefully gory manga-style illustrations in full color add to the creep-out factor of the texts, and eye-catching layouts with photographs and reproductions of woodblock prints make for a visually appealing reading experience. Japanese names and words are seamlessly integrated into the texts, with Japanese characters appearing alongside English translations and pronunciation guides. An engaging blend of information and entertainment, this trilogy is a fantastic reference for budding manga artists who want to incorporate Japanese legends into their own stories, or anyone who simply enjoys a good scare.-Allison Tran, Mission Viejo Library, CAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
"The wonderful book is perfect for anyone interested in monsters, Japanese culture, or folktales (especially Japanese ones). I'm interested in all of those…so I like this book a lot!" —Tokyo Five
"This Halloween season, you may want to familiarize yourself with the different monsters of Japan. … With the help of Yokai Attack!
, you will surely stand out among others." —Otaku Asia
"An invaluable resource for anyone interested in J-Horror and Japanese culture; gave me a deeper understanding of what I've been enjoying for so many years." —Don Coscarelli, Director, Phantasm Series and Bubba Ho-Tep
"Yokai Attack! is essential reading for any fan of monsters, horror and manga!" —Steve Niles, Creator, 30 Days of Night
"I'd recommend the book to anyone interested in Japan. Even if you're not a monster fan, there's a lot of Japanese culture and history there. Japan's monsters are the perfect portal to understanding the culture that made them." — Introvert Japan
"The guide is a compendium of the wildest, weirdest, and nastiest creatures that Japan has to offer. […] Written in lively and accessible prose, Yokai Attack! is an easy read. This is no scholarly treatise on Yokai folklore, nor does it try to be. Beautiful illustrations based on the sometimes highly variable folkloric descriptions grace every entry, along with photos of various Yokai paraphernalia including toys, and copies of images from 18th century Japanese folkloric texts. […] Overall, Yokai Attack! is an entertaining and informative read." —Japan Powered