Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny by John Himmelman
Isabel is the best at Bunjitsu in her school. They call her Bunjitsu Bunny, but she knows to never use her martial arts skills to hurt anyone, unless she has to. This easy reader features a series of short stories about her Buntjitsu skills and how she uses them throughout the day. Isabel figures out before anyone else in her class how to get into the school when the door is locked. She outwits pirates who want to steal from her. She races a tortoise in a fresh take on the Tortoise and the Hare story. In one story after the other, Isabel shows her poise, her intelligence and her sense of honor.
This book for the early chapter book reader will appeal on many fronts. First of course is the martial arts aspect, though those looking for flying fists and fighting will find something very different here. Inside the covers is a unique mix of Eastern philosophy and problem solving that is presented at a level that children will understand.
Himmelman’s illustrations offer just the right amount of break for young readers, so that they will not be put off by the amount of text. The fonts are equally welcoming with their large size. The illustrations are done in black, white and red. They are welcoming and cartoony, created often with just a few lines that carry plenty of action and humor.
A unique and fascinating chapter book for new readers, this is a wonderful mix of girl power, martial arts and restraint. Appropriate for ages 6-8.
Reviewed from copy received from Henry Holt and Co.