Youth Services Book review on The Birth of Kitaro

“Youth Services Book Review” / Youth Services Book Review / Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA / December 7, 2017

Format: Paperback

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4.5

Genre:  Fantasy/horror

What did you like about the book? What a quirky superhero! Kitaro, a yokai, or demon, was born of undead parents. His super power is his hair, and the ghost of his twice dead dad occasionally accompanies him on his quests in the form of an eyeball. Black and white manga-like comics, fresh and very inventive, harness creatures from Japanese mythology, as well as other myth traditions around the world, to present funny and creepy bad guys 'n gals. This is a fun and entertaining comic, sure to appeal to wide audiences.

Anything you didn’t like about it? This is not a criticism, but an observation: kids used to color comics might pass this one over because it's in black and white. Insist they try it!

To whom would you recommend this book?  Offer this to Miyazaki and Kibuishi fans ages 8 and up.

Who should buy this book? Elementary, middle, high school and public libraries

  The Birth of Kitaro by Shigeru Mizuki, translated by Zack Davisson. Drawn & Quarterly, 2016. 9781770462281

Format: Paperback

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4.5

Genre:  Fantasy/horror

What did you like about the book? What a quirky superhero! Kitaro, a yokai, or demon, was born of undead parents. His super power is his hair, and the ghost of his twice dead dad occasionally accompanies him on his quests in the form of an eyeball. Black and white manga-like comics, fresh and very inventive, harness creatures from Japanese mythology, as well as other myth traditions around the world, to present funny and creepy bad guys 'n gals. This is a fun and entertaining comic, sure to appeal to wide audiences.

Anything you didn’t like about it? This is not a criticism, but an observation: kids used to color comics might pass this one over because it's in black and white. Insist they try it!

To whom would you recommend this book?  Offer this to Miyazaki and Kibuishi fans ages 8 and up.

Who should buy this book? Elementary, middle, high school and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Graphic novels, children's or teen

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? If you read graphic novels, yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: December 7, 2017

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