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Chibi Samurai Wants a Pet: An Adventure with Little Kunoichi the Ninja Girl Hardcover – August 8, 2017
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"Ishida seamlessly weaves Japanese cultural references into the text and art... A delightful romp."
"The watercolor art with pen and ink whimsically complement this well-told tale... expands on the fun and whimsy of the previous book and will leave readers eager for more adventures with Chibi and Little Kunoichi."
—School Library Journal
About the Author
SANAE ISHIDA grew up drawing princesses, reading Japanese comic books, and writing stories she never shared with anyone. She enjoyed stints in wide-ranging fields including illustration, education, technology, retail, and theater arts. When not creating on the page, she sews, frequents coffee shops, and overly shares stories on SanaeIshida.com. She lives in Seattle with her wonderful husband and fabulous daughter--inspiration for Little Kunoichi.
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So to find a pet as special as Ninja Bunny is to Little Kunoichi, Chibi sets off across forests, swamp and mountains in search of a just right pet. Along the way she meets real and mythical creatures such as a giant salamander, a mischievous kappa, and hot-spring-loving monkeys but none stay with him. Chibi gives up and returns home where he finds a might stag beetle that becomes the special pet he wanted all along.
The author uses several Japanese cultural references in both the text and illustrations such as a haiku, traditional Japanese games, décor and clothing. Readers 3-7 will enjoy the drawings and the story and will enjoy Chibi’s adventure and other hidden treasures as they walk through the pages.
This story appears to be a sequel to “Little Kunoichi, The Ninja Girl” published by Sanae Ishida in 2015. The following year the author published “Sewing Happiness: A Year of Simple Projects for Living Well.”
Sanae Ishida has done a wonderful job with “Chibi Samurai Wants a Pet: An Adventure with Little Kunoichi the Ninja Girl.” The narrative is not smooth but that does not get in the way of a lovely story and an smooth introduction to Japanese culture for young readers.
I appreciate that the artwork is not overly flashy or distracting from the story. .
It is nice almost peaceful like watercolors on an easel.
The story is one of Chibi who wants a pet just like his friend has.
He thinks it would be so amazing to have a pet to have adventures with.
So he take a journey to look around for one.
He comes across different creatures but none really would work for him.
At the end of his journey he finds what was with him all along.
The really neat thing with this story is all the cultural facts that are int he story and explained at the end.
Overall a simply beautiful little story that can capture the imagination of those reading it.
Recently read this book in a mom's group storytime and so many of the kids were fascinated with it.
The reason I like this so much, is that I think of it not as an easy read necessarily, but a very rewarding one for adults and children together, and for the child reading alone, the illustrations are just lovely and take you right into them. What we think we need is often right beside us and that's a message for all ages.
The best thing about this book is illustrations - colorful and dreamy, and very cute and engaging. My son had wonderful time reading and then looking back through the pages to find the Samurai's pet on each of the pages.
The art work in this series is beautiful. The story is kind and enjoyable. Chibi is searching for a pet. He goes through woods, marsh and mountains looking for the perfect pet. He meets many creatures during her search. When he returns home, he finds the pet he wanted was there all along. There is moral to this tale: Appreciate what you have. This is also a great educational book; it is an introduction to Japanese culture.
This a cute book. . but.. . there is one thing I don’t quite like about it. That is that it’s not “cut-and-dried” when he doesn’t keep a pet. For example. . . I thought that he kept the “tanuki”. But for some reason he doesn’t. Why? That would be the most awesome pet ever! Each one of the pets that he “rejects” is kind of like that. You don’t really know that he’s “rejected” it. . . until you see that he’s still looking.
This books is made / printed in China. .. . so. . . at the current price of almost twelve bucks. . it’s quite expensive.