Book for Children: Mavis, the Japanese Boy called Ryo and the Magical World of Shimabara
Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker
Modern Tokyo Times
The intriguing world of adorable birds and animals fused with aspects of Japanese and British culture. This comes together in the magical world of Shimabara where elements of Shintoism exist near the dangerous Dark Northern Forest. Therefore, Mavis the Magical Dog and the Japanese Boy Called Ryo is a really fresh approach aimed at cultural awareness.
Mavis and the Magic Curtain: The Little Boy Ryo and the World of Shimabara (http://www.lulu.com/shop/lee-jay-walker/mavis-and-the-magic-curtain/paperback/product-22839176.html) is a book that focuses on a child developing from being nervous because of bullying and then transformed into a magical world with a dog and other animals. The beauty applies to aspects of Japanese culture with an international dimension. Also, no real age limit applies because parents and single parents can read to children, or children can enjoy by themselves from an older age group. Overall, a world of magic, child development, nature, culture, and how all children are special tinged with the need for friendship and understanding.
Mavis and the Magic Curtain: The Little Boy Ryo and the World of Shimabara (First book – Lays the foundation)
Mavis the Magic Dog: Sakura the Squirrel and the Terrible Storm (Second book – The adventure and mystery begins with this book.)
Modern Tokyo Times says “A lovely book series that focuses on adventure, culture, strong bonds of friendship, and mixes this in the world of magic. On top of this, unique animals and birds – and amazing new magical words await children who adore adventure and escapism. The final icing on the cake being the educational side that is hidden elegantly within the amazing world of Shimabara and the adventures of Mavis and Ryo.”
Overall, a fascinating new book series that focuses on culture, education, friendship, imagination – and the world of magic. It is also interesting to note that many more books are in the pipeline related to this fascinating series. Therefore, it is really intriguing to think about the future development of Mavis the Magical Dog and the Japanese Boy called Ryo.
Mavis the Magic Dog: Sakura the Squirrel and the Terrible Storm http://www.lulu.com/shop/lee-jay-walker/mavis-the-magic-dog-sakura-the-squirrel-and-the-terrible-storm/paperback/product-22843430.html
Mavis and the Magic Curtain: The Little Boy Ryo and the World of Shimabara http://www.lulu.com/shop/lee-jay-walker/mavis-and-the-magic-curtain/paperback/product-22839176.html