Little Inchkin

Little Inchkin A unique young man named Inchkin so named because he is only several inches tall finds himself face to face with two fiery demons with only his skill and bravery to defend himself From decorative edg

  • Title: Little Inchkin
  • Author: Fiona French
  • ISBN: 9780803714786
  • Page: 241
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A unique young man named Inchkin so named because he is only several inches tall finds himself face to face with two fiery demons, with only his skill and bravery to defend himself From decorative edges that make the adventure unfold like scenes from a play to the characters stark white faces, French s full color paintings capture the style of 18th century Japanese priA unique young man named Inchkin so named because he is only several inches tall finds himself face to face with two fiery demons, with only his skill and bravery to defend himself From decorative edges that make the adventure unfold like scenes from a play to the characters stark white faces, French s full color paintings capture the style of 18th century Japanese prints.

    One thought on “Little Inchkin”

    1. Completely strays from the original story, not at all upholding Japanese values. The pictures are okay but I would not recommend reading this to a child in the hopes of expanding their cultural awareness. Issunbōshi is a picture book written by Robert B. Goodman and Robert A. Spicer, and illustrated by George Suyeoka that accurately depicts this story. Can't find that one? There's also The Inch-High Samuraï, by Ralph F McCarthy, that also sticks close to the original story, without inflating [...]

    2. A favorite folk tale from Japan. Reminiscent of Tom Thumb, Thumbelina, and The Rainbabies the story begins with a couple hoping for a child. When the child arrives it is no bigger than a pea pod, causing the parents great embarrassment. He sets off, proves his courage, catches the eye of the princess and by the powers of the great Buddha is given his full size. He becomes a great samurai and lives happily ever after. Beautiful watercolor illustrations and carefully detailed panels depict the Jap [...]

    3. A Japanese retelling of Tom Thumb. As French did with Snow White, this retelling is beautiful to look at but feels more like an excuse for her to explore and play with Japanese art rather than consider narrative or giving us a true representation of old Japan.

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