The Strongest Boy In The World
Author and Illustrator: Jessica Souhami
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Not many people know that long ago in Japan, champion sumo wrestlers were famous celebrities with riches and fans like today’s pop stars and football heroes.
When a kid called Kaito decides to try his luck at becoming the strongest boy in the world, he sets out from his village for the big city of Kyoto.
Kaito thinks he’s pretty tough but how will a weedy kid defeat all those gargantuan wrestlers?
Along the way he encounters a girl carrying a full water bucket on her head. Unable to resist a bit of fun, Kaito reaches out to tickle her. Without splashing a single drop she clamps his hand tightly under her arm and proceeds to drag him up the hill with her!
Based on a 13th century tale, in a time when legendary strong women lived in Japan, Jessica Souhami crafts a fun story which tells of an unusual way for a boy to seek fame and of the amazing girl who trains him!
Hana is the real champion! She offers the surprised boy an opportunity to have a real chance at facing his challengers. Kaito trains hard doing all sorts of exercises that Hana sets for him.
The expressive pictures are funny, inspiring and full of energy. Hana also prepares food that is progressively tougher to eat. If Kaito has any chance at being the strongest boy in the world then he must do exactly what he is told. After three weeks it is time to leave for the tournament in Kyoto.
The story has a triumphant end and role models the kind of unselfishness which is often overlooked in the glory of fame. The final page shows Hana lifting a happy Kaito, the strongest boy in the world high above her head with one hand!
Clean bright pictures in the style of traditional block prints, help retain the true cultural identity of this engaging, action adventure.
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- Age Range: 5 – 8 years
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
- Publication Date: February 6, 2014
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 184780411X
- ISBN-13: 978-1847804112
- Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 9.5 x 0.4 inches
In October 2008 Jessica Souhami, along with other well know illustrators, contributed an artwork which was used in the film, We Are All Born Free. Amnesty International hosted a special launch event for this universal declaration of human rights.