Friday, February 5, 2010

The Badger and the Magic Fan

Author: Tony Johnston

First line: Tengu are the goblins of Japan.

Why you should read this book: A wonderful example of the “trickster tricked” subgenre, this old Japanese story comes to life through Johnston’s retelling and the lovely illustrations of Tomie dePaola. Badger steals a magic fan from the tengu children and, with the power to make people’s noses grow and shrink, he uses it to create mischief and derive personal gain. The tengu have the last laugh, though, as will young readers who enjoy nonsense, cabbage-throwing, and cosmic justice.

Why you shouldn’t read this book: You are a great thinker, and you never have silly thoughts.

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