Yo-Kai Are Real

Yo-Kai Are Real
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Release Date
June 28, 2016
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This full-color early reader tells the story of the first Yo-kai Watch episode. Meet Nate and Whisper, his Yo-kai "butler" -- and then join Nate as he discovers the mysterious world of Yo-kai and learns how he can help them.

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Manga for Beginning Readers
Nate just wants to get a really cool bug to impress his friends, but when he gets lost in the woods, he gets more than he bargained for. He finds an old vending machine, puts in his money, and a Yo-Kai comes out. Yo-Kai are ghosts, and luckily the one he finds, Whisper, is one designed to do his bidding. Whisper helps him get out of the forest and back home, where Nate's parents are fighting over insignificant things. Surprised by this, Nate is worried when Whisper tells him it is the fault of another Yo-Kai, Dismarelda, who is sad because she and her husband had a fight. When Whisper finds Dismerelda's husband and the two make up, things are back to as "normal" as they can get, with Nate's new friend and hobby finding Yo-Kai with his watch.

This is based on a Nintendo game, and has had manga, an anime television show, and two movies released. The book is an easy reader illustrated with stills from the show. While the story lacks some details that would make it more understandable, the target audience for this will already know the story, so it won't seem as choppy and disjointed to them.
Good Points
There are a couple of compelling reasons for early reader books based on movies, television or video games. The first is that they are often a good way to get children interested in reading by providing characters of whom they are already fond. The second is that children who are not allowed to watch the programs or play the games can read the books and gain enough information to be conversant with their friends on the topic.

The target demographic for this book, second and third graders, are often very attune to trends, and certain things can become hot items very quickly. I seem to remember Battlebots, Knack Knacks, and weird versions of Legos being very popular in my own home at different points of time. Books like this are not only a good way to get children reading about things that interest them, but are good mementos to keep with the plastic gimcrackery has been sold in a garage sale.

Yo-Kai Are Real is also a great book to give to readers who older brothers and sisters may be obsessed with manga, which is not always appropriate for 8 year olds!
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