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Samurai scarecrow : a very ninja Halloween
Pingk, Rubin, author, illustrator.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2018]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 29 cm
Yukio gets tired of his little sister, Kashi, questioning and copying him, but on Halloween, when Samurai Scarecrow frightens him and demands candy, Yukio refuses to give up Kashi's.
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A young ninja and his adorable younger sister who wants to be just like him are in for the Halloween of their lives in this tender sibling story with graphic novel-inspired illustrations, Samurai style.

It is Halloween, and Yukio is excited to celebrate! But whatever Yukio does, his younger sister Kashi follows. When Yukio carves a pumpkin, Kashi carves a similar one. When Yukio maps out his trick-or-treat route, Kashi maps the same one. But when Kashi goes too far, Yukio says some things he doesn't really mean.

Can Yukio make it up to his adoring little sister? Or will Yukio find tricks instead of treats on his Halloween night?

Author Notes

Rubin Pingk is an author and illustrator living the small town life in Clinton, Utah, with his wife, two rowdy boys, a peckish pug, and a scheming cat. He is the author of Samurai Santa and Night of the Living Ninja .

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Booklist Review

In this unusual Halloween story, pint-size ninjas gather to go trick-or-treating. Little Kashi wants to be a ninja like her big brother, Yukio, and follows him everywhere, peppering him with questions. She warns him that he is risking danger when he dresses in a bird costume, because of the huge Samurai Scarecrow, who sings a creepy lullaby: Find me the birds who think I'm decayed . . . / I'll teach them to be scared of me. When Yukio tells Kashi she's not a real ninja, she runs off, inconsolable, while the others race to fill their buckets. A noise startles them. Is it a ghost? A zombie? A hungry werewolf? Much worse! Samurai Scarecrow appears, pouncing on a rueful Yukio and demanding his candy. Children will enjoy discovering the surprising little person who is inside that scarecrow costume. Digital illustrations employ a palette of purple, white, orange, and black. Lively ninja personalities, creepy trees and houses, and a mildly scary scarecrow produce a fun tale for all ninja wannabes.--Lolly Gepson Copyright 2018 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

In a visually dramatic Halloween tale (a companion to Samurai Santa), Kashi is eager to take part in all things Halloween with her brother, Yukio. That includes hearing scary stories about the legendary Samurai Scarecrow, who lays in wait for "feathered fools who won't flee." Yukio isn't scared, though. In fact, he dresses as a bird for Halloween; to his annoyance, Kashi copies him, embarrassing Yukio in front of his ninja friends. A mean comment from Yukio to Kashi leads her to tearfully stay behind while the others go out trick-or-treating-until the pumpkin-headed Samurai Scarecrow appears ("Show me the birds no longer afraid.... Find me the birds who think I'm decayed"), and Kashi pulls off a feat that gives her serious sibling cred. Pingk works in dusky purple tones with orange accents; through dynamic use of angle and perspective, motion-filled scenes resemble comic spreads. A sophisticated aesthetic and a highly original monster make this sibling story a memorable addition to a Halloween library. Ages 4-8. (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.