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Three Samurai Cats by Eric A. Kimmel
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Feb 15, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: childrens, folk-tales, humorous, japan

Ummm. It was OK. My daughter (7 y.o.) loved it. She thought it was hilarious.

I think the problem I have with it is that the tone is so American. The humor was overdone and the cleverness of the last samurai was kind of lost in that. I think the story was missing something. I guess it was too harried (?). The daimyo seemed like a doofus, as did the first of the two samurai. Somehow I think that wasn't in the "original" version--granted, the original daimyo probably wasn't a dog, either. So I think it's a fun book for a kid, but it was a bit disappointing for an oldster.
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