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.
"Matt and Hiroko have once again created an intriguing and spirited telling of a piece of Japanese mythology and cult history. Following on the back of their wonderfully successful books Yokai Attack
and Ninja Attack
, Yurei Attack
is a fantastic read and beautifully illustrated by Shinkichi. This book will become a must for anyone that loves the unusual and wonderfully bizarre aspects of Japanese ghost stories."—Richard Taylor, founder, WETA Workshop
"Yurei Attack! The Japanese Ghost Survival Guide
is the latest book by husband-and-wife author duo Hiroko Yoda and Matt Alt. Following Yokai Attack!
(about monsters), and Ninja Attack!
, their latest effort is an informative compendium of yurei (or ghost) stories from Japanese history, for adults and children alike. With a chatty, readable style backed up by serious scholarship and brought to life by Shinkichi's grisly illustrations, Yurei Attack!
is a window into this rich vein of Japanese culture."—JapanBackPacker.com