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So you want to be a Ninja? (So you want to be)

Takayo Akiyama, Bruno Vincent, Stephen Turnbull

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An essential read for all amateur ninjas who dream of becoming super-secret masters of stealth and disguise

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This humorous and handy guide contains all the information aspiring ninjas need to know. With padded ninja shoes underfoot and ninja stars around their belts, our plucky newbie ninjas Kate, Eddie and Angus travel back in time to 1789 Japan to enrol in the Iga School of Ninjutsu. Under the guidance of the Grand Master, they learn the ninjutsu craft from two of Japan’s stealthiest ninjas – Hanzo, the ninja of many disguises (some convincing, some not so much…) and Chiyojo, a kunoichi (female ninja) who is so clandestine that they’re not entirely sure whether she actually exists. Finally, at their fingertips are the tightly guarded secrets of ninjutsu!

Inspired by the book Ninja, written by Japanese history scholar Stephen Turnbull and based on an original ninjutsu training manual, So you want to be a ninja? is illustrated throughout with zany illustrations by Japanese cartoonist Takayo Akiyama, bringing the craft of being a ninja to life in hilarious and entertaining detail.

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Book Details

Format: PLC

Size: 19.0 x 15.0 cm

Extent: 96 pp

Illustrations: 96

Publication date: 18 June 2020

ISBN: 9780500652107

About the Author

Takayo Akiyama is the author of several books and the illustrator of Where’s Ringo?.

Bruno Vincent is the author of humour titles including the Grisly Tales from Tumblewater series and the Enid Blyton For Grown Ups series.

Stephen Turnbull is a writer and historian, specializing in military history, particularly of Japan and East Asia. He is Honorary Lecturer in Japanese Religion at Leeds University and Visiting Professor of Japanese Studies at Akita International University in Japan. He is the author of over seventy books, including Samurai: The Japanese Warrior’s (Unofficial) Manual (2012), published by Thames & Hudson. Turnbull gave the inaugural lecture for the establishment of the International Centre for Ninja Studies at Mie University, Japan, and acted as historical advisor for the 2013 film 47 Ronin.