Reviews for Life As a Ninja : An Interactive History Adventure

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Fall
This Choose Your Own Adventure-style book provides multiple paths for readers to follow (e.g., "To run, turn to page 37. To fight the samurai, turn to page 38"). Though the writing style is simplistic and the information limited, readers who enjoy the series hook will come away with a sense of feudal Japan. Reading list, timeline. Bib., glos., ind. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

School Library Journal Reviews 2010 June

Gr 3-6--Though they're reminiscent of Edward Packard's "Choose Your Own Adventure" series (Bantam), these books take the concept to a new level. Readers not only take an active role by choosing the outcome of a quest, but also learn some history. Each book begins with background information. Doeden's narrative takes place in feudal Japan, during the Age of the Warring States, 1467-1600. The fighters, who were skilled in the art of ninjutsu and experts in the use of weapons such as katanas and shuriken, could be hired as assassins, mercenaries, or bodyguards, roles that are included in the story choices. Hanel describes the steps to becoming a knight and life in medieval times; vivid portrayals of siege tactics and battles place readers in the time period. Although the focus is on knighthood, the details of peasants' travails create a well-rounded presentation. Colorful reproductions, computer-generated illustrations, and some photographs of weapons help to transport children to these times and places. Reluctant readers will be especially drawn to these books, though other children will find them engaging as well.--Lana Miles, Jackson Elementary School, Rosenberg, TX

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