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Takeshita Demons: Monster Matsuri hits the streets (and reveals a few secrets)(if you can find the clues)

ImageMonsterous birthday to you!

Monsterous birthday to you!

Monsterous birthday to you-oooo

Hooray! My third book, Monster Matsuri, is out in the UK!

Wheee! I’m so excited. It’s pretty awesome to see all three books lined up. Plus Monster Matsuri was so much fun to write.

Monster What?
Monster Matsuri: It means Monster Festival in Japanese, and if you’re about 8 to 12 years old and like adventure, suspense (and a whole stack of spooky Japanese ogres, ghosts, demons and mythical creatures), then you should totally buy Monster Matsuri for your friend and then borrow it from them after.

The clues are piling up…
A lot of fans have a lot of questions about Miku and her family ghosts, and in Monster Matsuri, at last, I think I might have revealed enough clues for you to figure out some answers.
Why are the demons hunting Miku? What makes her family so special? What secrets have yet to be revealed?

And for buffs of Japanese history and mythology…
I’ve borrowed heavily from Japanese myths and legends in writing this book. I’m expecting you guys to be first to figure out which stories I’ve used, which legends I’ve twisted, and what secrets the Takeshita family might be hiding…

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Monsterous birthday to you!

Monsterous birthday to you!

Monsterous birthday to you-oooo


IBBY fundraiser: Library and book van in Rikuzentakata


Back in September I presented at a fundraiser to raise money for book vans and libraries for parts of Japan hit by the earthquake and tsunami. It was a fab day and heaps of fun, and we recently recieved photos of our money in action.

Children enjoy a mobile book bus in tsunami-ravaged Japan Naoko Torizuka of the Japanese Board on Books for Young People (JBBY) wrote thathe money raised helped to fund a mobile book van, as well as a wooden library for children in Rikuzentakata city, one of the most damaged areas.  YAY!

Thanks to Jenni Woodroffe of the International on Books for Young People for inviting me to be part of the event, and to the Hyogo Centre for hosting 🙂

Wooden library - Rikuzentakata, JapanInside new library - Rikuzentakata, Japan

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Reader review – Takeshita Demons: The Filth Licker ***Massive spoiler alert***

One of the best things about being a writer is when people read your stuff and enjoy it.

I’m happy to say that this week I recieved a FAB email from a young reader (and talented writer), Dalton Whittle, including a review of The Filth Licker, and Dalton has kindly allowed me to reproduce his review here. THANKS DALTON!

But beware: If you haven’t read The Filth Licker yet, you might want to *stop reading right now* because Dalton’s review discusses lots of secrets and twists. Better to read the book first, then read the review 🙂

So…stop reading here if you don’t want to read some massive spoilers…

Have you stopped?

OK. Here goes:

Dear Cristy,

Hello it’s me, Dalton Whittle (I came to Hyogo Prefectural Centre, where you did a talk).

I just finished The Filth Licker and I loved it! As you said at your talk, you think your books get better and better each time you write one. The Filth Licker is definitely my favourite so far, and I eagerly await Monster Matsuri to come out.

I liked how in The Filth Licker, Alex is developed into a main character, and also how Alex has a Pearl from Okuda’s necklace which protected him from Yokai.

The sickle weasels are in my opinion the scariest monsters featured in your books so far, the picture of them showing that they took control of Cait (page 151 I think) was very scary! Also the picture on page 180, with the sickle weasels surrounding Miku was scary as well. These are my two favourite pictures in Takeshita Demons so far.

Takeshita Demons - The Filth Licker cover

I liked how we suspected Cait was a shape shifter, but Alex turned out to be a fox. Twists like this really made the book enjoyable. It took me a while to realise that burning the nest with the oil was too easy (it was a decoy). When the sickle weasel spirits combined due to this I was very surprised, and even more when Miku stumbled upon an even bigger nest!

The Filth Licker himself was also a great character, I liked it how he was a feeble but helpful Yokai who turned out to be brave (and awesome) by saving Miku’s life. I found it funny how Alex slept through the entire ordeal!

Overall I loved the setting of school camp and the first chapters of the book are gripping and really make you want to read more.

The telling of scary stories around the fire was a good part of the story because Miku unintentionally contributed to the “hundred” stories and helped to create the demon sickle weasels.

The ending of the book was great and left me wanting to read more especially after the climactically cool battle scene. The preview of Monster Matsuri is very intriguing and really makes the reader want to read it.

Having read both of Takeshita Demons, to find that the second book was this good, I can’t wait to read the third! The Takeshita Demons series is excellent, gripping you with adventure and horror while teaching you about Yokai in the process.

Wonderful books!

Good luck with your coming child.

Thanks Cristy

Dalton Whittle

THANK YOU DALTON!!! What a great review and thanks so much for taking the time to write to me!!