Real Ninja


A book where parents and kids can get the real story behind these masters of deception.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Miriam Chernick
"Over 20 true stories" are included in this book about Japan's Ninja, the secret warriors of Old Japan. The individual stories are fascinating, especially to those interested in espionage and this type of warfare. But it is almost impossible to understand who is fighting who and why. Also, while the stories generally follow a chronological order, there is some skipping around and references made to earlier stories. Therefore, following a logical flow can be difficult. A brief contextual background to explain the world of feudal Japan would have been quite helpful. In between the individual accounts are interesting facts about training to be a ninja, ninja weapons for fighting, tools for breaking into Japanese castles, and ninja disguises. The illustrations are bold and detailed. However, they don't always match the text perfectly, leaving the reader frustrated trying to figure out the connection. Also, it is not clear by the way the stories are told which parts are factual and which are Japanese lore. The book does not include a bibliography, although it does have a short glossary and a list of books and web sites for further reading. Part of the "Real Adventurers" series. Reviewer: Miriam Chernick
School Library Journal

Gr 4-6

The history of the ninja is a source of fascination for readers, typically due to the way they have been portrayed in popular culture, but also because they have long been shrouded in mystery. Even in historical documentation, it is difficult to tell fact from fiction. Turnbull presents all of his depictions as fact, even while many of the details are vague (particularly in the case of two assassinations, which may have instead been natural deaths or suicides). Short tales of ninja daring are accompanied by attractive illustrations that do not always match the text. For example, one story describes undercover operatives who spied on an enemy camp by disguising themselves, but the picture depicts them in typical gear. Turnbull's definition of ninja is stretched in many cases, as some of his tales are about samurai who use cunning techniques or thieves who may have started some of the legends. The stories initially appear to be ordered chronologically, but this is not true throughout. Overall, this is an excellent collection of ninja tales, but less useful as a factual resource due to the lack of documentation.-Alana Abbott, James Blackstone Memorial Library, Branford, CT

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592700813
  • Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Series: Real Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 1,407,931
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Coral Tulloch is an author and illustrator who has created over 50 books for children. She also is the creator of a syndicated page for children that ran for over 20 years in Australian newspapers and internationally as well. Passionate about environmental education, Tulloch is especially committed to doing books on the natural world. James Field was born in England in 1959. After attending college in Wales, he began his professional career in 1982 making models for museums and Welsh TV. An interest in the Samurai led to his first major book, Samurai Warriors, written by Stephen Turnbull.
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