The Awakening

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In 1984, a teenager finds a cassette on the streets of Tokyo, Japan. At home, the teen sticks the mysterious tape into his Walkman and pushes play. Suddenly, an Oni-like creature awakens deep below the apartment building. It surfaces, seeking out the irritating music and chasing the boy to the rooftop — where both their fates will be decided.
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In 1984, a teenager finds a cassette on the streets of Tokyo, Japan. At home, the teen sticks the mysterious tape into his Walkman and pushes play. Suddenly, an Oni-like creature awakens deep below the apartment building. It surfaces, seeking out the irritating music and chasing the boy to the rooftop — where both their fates will be decided.
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Children's Literature - Rita Monteiro
The artistic visuals on the front cover give an electrifying shock! In the stark colors of blue and red, it features the two protagonists: the terrified face of teenager Yoshiro Tanaka, dressed in punk style, complete with facial piercings and the growling, fanged visage of a two-horned ogre The Oni, his predatory claws ready to pounce on his victim. The Awakening, one of an unusual series of four graphic novels, is about to open two dramatic stories of one event. Make a choice: GOOD VS EVIL. In down-town Tokyo, Yoshiro Tanaka, steps off the subway. Orphaned at four years of age, he is haunted by deep, dark voices. An aggressive passer-bye knocks him down to the pavement, from where he picks up a cassette tape. Deep below the streets of Tokyo, in the foul muck of the sewers, a vicious giant -monster, the Oni, slumbers for more than a hundred years. Back home, Yoshiro slips the cassette into the player. He and the Oni simultaneously hear the music. Following the music, the Oni awakens, crashes through a sewer into the city, attacking people, searching for someone. Yoshiro hears the frightened screams. He looks out of the window and sees the Oni entering his building. Sensing personal danger, he enters a lift, to escape but the Oni sees him and follows in hot pursuit. An exciting chase begins between the hunter and his quarry. What will be the outcome? Lemke, a children's book editor and writer, makes every word and action count. One hopes he will extend the series. Skillfully supported by the vivid, artistic illustrations of Claudia Medeiros and Color by Glass House Graphics, a fast-paced action film is spooled on the screen of the mind's eye. Together, writer and illustrators take on the challenge of literally drawing the attention of children in the age group 8-12, to be interested in the abstract philosophical concepts of Good Versus Evil as seen in their own lives and contemporary events. This is especially useful for those children who find it difficult to focus on a word dense text. The beauty created by skilled illustrators mesmerizes, calls one to return to the book repeatedly, to reflect on further meanings engendered by the visual depictions. Especially commended are the learning aids at the end of the book: Information on the writer and the illustrator; a Visual Glossary; and Visual questions for discussion and personal writing. Creating the book describes the role of the writer and the illustrator, which includes the drawing of rough sketches called "pencils"; the "inker"; and the "colorist" who adds color and shading to each panel of art. The thoughtful child, as well as adults, who already show a talent for drawing, painting and the visual arts will enjoy this multicultural graphic novel as a gift for the Holiday Season. Reviewer: Rita Monteiro
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781434234438
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2011
  • Series: Good vs Evil
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 1,478,703
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: GN250L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald Lemke works as a children’s book editor. He has written dozens of all-age comics and children's books for Capstone, HarperCollins, Running Press, and more. Donald lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with his brilliant wife, Amy, toddling toddler, Cleo, and a not-so-golden retriever named Paulie.
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  • Posted November 1, 2011

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    The summary of The Awakening sums up the whole book and I'm so disappointed! I'd hoped to find more dialogue and story, but I didn't. I did however, find a style that was intriguing. The Awakening can be read three different ways. The top half with Yoshiro Tanaka (blue=good) can be read by itself as can the bottom with The Oni demon(red=evil) creating a different perspective to the story. The third choice (which was how I done it) was to read both the blue and red, mixing the good and evil. It's pretty interesting if read apart and then together. The story adopts the manga style of reading left to right. Because of this, I do think the frames could have been positioned a bit better. The art style is neat and the coloring stays with reds, blues, and blacks, so you always know what's good and what is evil. The art could have been cleaned up a little, not that it isn't visually nice, but it isn't what you'd call traditionally pretty. The ending is really what makes me just, "Wow." Who would have thought that ending would have happened? Overall, it's really not long enough for me, but it does get creative props for being interesting and doing something I've never seen before.

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