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The Strongest Boy in the World

The Strongest Boy in the World
Written and illustrated by Jessica Souhami
Frances Lincoln £7.99
ISBN: 978-1847806031

Deciding he wants to be a Champion Wrestler, Kaito leaves his little village in Japan and heads off to Kyoto. On the way, he meets a very unusual girl who helps him realise his dream. Based on a famous Japanese tale, Jessica Souhami's re-telling is appealing on many levels. Lively text is beautifully supported by colourful collage/mixed media illustrations which are reminiscent of traditional Japanese block prints.

The story challenges stereotypical images of male and female roles whist giving a positive image of both. Hana, strong, kind and independent, offers Kaito training and support; Kaito, skinny, mischievous and loyal, turns down the offer of becoming an imperial wrestler, living at court, to take his prize back to Hana and return to his village. The book also offers a glimpse of Japanese culture and tradition for children to explore further.
Susan Wilsher


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