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Sixteen mythical monsters and spirits from Japanese folklore take children on fantastical adventures in this first-ever children’s storybook about yokai. Young readers will meet Baku the dream eater, mischievous kappa sprites, a ghost-child who lives in a hotel, and many more. Yokai have a rich history dating back centuries in Japan, and today, they can be found in monster-catching video games and animated films. Yokai Stories is the first book to weave Japan’s monster mythology into English-language stories for children.


Each tale is accompanied by a haunting, modern portrait of the yokai by Swiss artist Eleonora D’Onofrio.

Yokai Stories by Zack Davisson, illus. by Eleonora D'Onofrio

  • ISBN: 9781634059145

    Publication Date: 10/30/2018

    Pages: 64

    Size: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

    Type: Hardcover

    Language: English

  • Zack Davisson is an award-winning translator, writer, and scholar of Japanese folklore and ghosts. He is the author of Yurei: The Japanese Ghost from Chin Music Press. He is the translator of Eisner Award-winning and Harvey-nominated Shigeru Mizuki’s Showa 1926-1939: A History of Japan, and a 2014 nominee of the Japanese-US Friendship Commission Translation Prize. Other translation works include the famous folklore comic Kitaro (Drawn and Quarterly) and the works of Satoshi Kon (Dark Horse). He was a researcher and on-screen talent for National Geographic’s TV special Japan: Lost Souls of Okinawa and maintains HYAKUMONOGATARI.COM, a popular Japanese folklore website.


    Eleonora D'Onofrio is a Swiss artist from the Italian speaking city of Lugano. She works for nineteentwenty, a visual effects and post-production company in Bristol, UK.

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