Cristy Burne

Takeshita Demons series


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How do you pronounce “Takeshita”?

Short answer: TA-kesh-TA

Long answer: The word “takeshita” is made up of “ta-ke” or 竹, meaning bamboo, and “shita” or 下, meaning beneath.

Write “takeshita” in kanji

The kanji used to write “takeshita”are really cool, because they look like the word they describe: 

Ta-ke (bamboo): 竹
You can imagine the two long vertical lines are long, straight bamboo plants, reaching to the sky. The details at the top of the kanji are like the leaves of the bamboo, waving in the breeze.

Shita (beneath): 下
There’s one long horizontal line at the top of the kanji, and then everything else is below or beneath that line.

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Takeshita Demons

Book 1 in the Takeshita Demons series.

“A gripping, superbly written debut novel” – Writeaway

“Two young girls being brave and clever without a hint of pink or glitter on the cover? Hooray!” – The Age

“This rollicking ride is totally deserving of the Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Children’s Book Award” – The West Australian

A thrilling contemporary adventure wittily shot through with the powerful fantasy stories of the old demons from the Japanese past.” – Julia Eccleshare of LoveReading4Kids

– Part of the 2010 Booktrust Booked Up program.
– Winner of the Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Children’s Book Award for diversity in children’s writing.
– Featured on the BBC’s Blue Peter.

Curriculum links
Teaching notes for reading Takeshita Demons in the classroom.

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The Filth Licker

Book 2 in the Takeshita Demons series. Featuring the adorable aka-na-me, or filth licker monster. Beware: if you don’t clean your bathroom, the aka-na-me will come and clean it for you…

“Perfect for those that like their monsters gross rather than gory” Inis Magazine, Ireland

“Highly original and wonderfully entertaining”  Spine Chills, Australia

“A fast-paced and hugely entertaining contemporary adventure.” LoveReading4Kids, UK

“A compulsive read.”Parents in Touch UK

“One of my favourite series for younger, confident readers.” My Favourite Book Blog

“A trio of whirling weasel assassin spirits with Freddy Krueger–style claws ambush a Japanese-British child on an abandoned farm. Whoo-hoo!” Kirkus Reviews

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Monster Matsuri

Book 3 in the Takeshita Demons series. A matsuri is a giant festival or party… But watch out: a monster matsuri is…monsterous!

I really liked the first 2 instalments, but I LOVE this one!..Like Spirited Away combined with a Famous Five camaraderie” GoodReads

“This is one to give to the adventure loving nine or ten year old kid who likes being a little scared–some of the demons are more than somewhat frightening (although there’s no goryness).” – Charlotte’s Library

“As with the author’s two earlier Takeshita Demons titles this is a fast-paced, compulsive read that appeals to a wide audience; children as young as 8 or 9 through to adults. Each of the titles is a standalone read but the characters in the three are consistent. This time Miku and her friends must solve the trail of clues to finally banish evil from their world. Manga style illustrations throughout complement the story brilliantly.” – Julia Eccleshare (children’s editor of the Guardian).

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Takeshita Demons: Mer-Monster


Book 4 in the Takeshita Demons series.

Miku, Cait and Alex adventure under the oceans to the Kingdom of the Dragon King, where they must rescue the last ningyo (Japanese mermaid), a creature who cries pearl tears and holds the key to immortality.

Fast and funnier than ever before!

A BONUS e-book for lovers of the Takeshita Demons series.

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Japanese demons are better known as yokai (妖怪).

They have featured in Japanese fairy tales, folklore and mythology for centuries. Scholars have been cataloguing yokai species in encyclopedias and databases since the 1770s.

Check out the yokai featured in Takeshita DemonsThe Filth Licker and Monster Matsuri.


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