In this energetic story set in medieval Japan, a nasty rat has invaded the castle of a canine lord, and it will take a trio of fighting samurai cats before he's defeated. Humourous, finely detailed pen-an-ink illustrations bring this timeless tale to life.
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"Like Hokusai, I am an old man mad about drawing," says the illustrator, Mordicai Gerstein, and he pays homage to the famed Japanese artist through his witty illustrations for this book, which are also inspired by Japanese anime. A starred "School Library Journal" review described his artwork for Eric A. Kimmel's "The Jar of Fools: Eight Hanukkah Stories from Chelm" as "brightly drawn and silly as the stories themselves." He lives in Massachusetts.
Eric A. Kimmel was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1946. Eric has wanted to be an author since he first discovered back in kindergarten that people called authors make books. His first book came out in 1974. Since then he has published over 50 titles. Eric and Doris live in Portland, Oregon. Eric has a dog named Tasha, two cats named Puff and Inky, and a tank full of tropical fish.
PreS-Gr. 2. In feudal Japan, a daimyo (powerful lord) is humiliated when a greedy, bullying rat takes over his castle, eats his food, and intimidates everyone. The daimyo seeks help from a shrine famous for training samurai cats. Two magnificent feline warriors arrive, but the rat effortlessly overpowers them. Desperate, the lord requests the toughest cat of all, and he is surprised when scrawny, aged Neko Roshi hobbles in. He is even more surprised when the cat refuses the rat's invitations to fight. As time passes, the rat's behavior grows more egregious, but Neko Roshi ignores the rodent--until it finally traps itself and leaves the castle defeated. Kimmel tempers the folktale's heavy message about passive resistance with humorous, perfectly paced language that is ideal for read-alouds, and the characters in Gerstein's colorful, detailed drawings are irresistible--the saggy-jowled hound in robes; the buffoonish, wildly costumed daimyo bulldog; the scruffy, shrunken Neko Roshi; and, best of all, the pot-bellied, gleefully wicked "barbarous rat," who is more comic foil than villain. An author's note offers some historical background and sources. Gillian Engberg
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