Fly Catcher Boy by Rebecca Kool

I know you are all waiting to hear who won the copy of the AWESOME adventure book Sea Cutter by Timothy Davis! I’ll tell you after today’s review 

Fly Catcher Boy

By Rebecca Kool

Illustrated by Hailey Sabourin

40 pages – ages 4

Published by Rebecca Kool in 2012

Kenji finds a cat (Neko) outside in the rain during a thunderstorm. Kenji keeps and cares for Neko. Kenji takes Neko everywhere with him. They visit a sumo wrestler practice, eating Japanese food and going to Kenji’s cousins’ shichi-go-san, a special religious event. Through Kenji and Neko’s travels the reader learns about Japanese culture and some Japanese words!

This was a cute story. What I really liked about the book was that by reading the story, you learned about Japan, Japanese culture and also Japanese language. There are Japanese words throughout the book and also a glossary in the back. The English translations are there too. The manga-style (Japanese comic) illustrations were done by a 16-year-old artist named Hailey Sabourin! I really liked the illustrations (except for the flies…they only have four legs…for some reason I find that odd  ). On Ms. Kool’s website there is all kinds of information about Japan. There is also an audio guide to tell you the proper pronunciations of the Japanese words in the book (click HERE to go to it).

Four out of five bookworms for Fly Catcher Boy.

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