Cristy Burne has joint New Zealand and Australian citizenship, has travelled widely and lived for several years in Japan as a teacher and editor. It was during this time that she became fascinated with Japanese folklore and the supernatural yokai - demons - which are very much a part of Japanese culture, but little known outside Japan. She won the Voices on the Coast Youth Literature Award for emerging writers, in Queensland, Australia, but Takeshita Demons was her first published book. Cristy and her family live in Perth, Australia.To find out more about Cristy Burne and for downloads and resources click here SIKU is a well-known illustrator for comic books and graphic novels, working for the major companies in the field, including 2000AD Magazine and Marvel Comics. His best-known book is The Manga Bible. Siku lives and works in London and Essex.
Cristy's knowledge of Japanese folklore and the supernatural shine through and this is a compulsive read. Parents in Touch Lively with some suspense. Ibby Link Brilliant manga-type illustrations by Siku complement the text and there is also a useful glossary giving information about the many demons that make an appearance in the book. This is basically a fantasy adventure story with the fascinating addition of Japanese folk-lore: it is moderately scary and fast-moving and will definitely appeal to confident readers in junior school and the lower years in secondary school. School Librarian