JAPAN: THE 47 RONIN (Bella and Burton’s MisAdventures Series) by Stephen Skelton

JAPAN: THE 47 RONIN (Bella and Burton’s MisAdventures Series)

By Stephen Skelton

Edited by Jane Tara

Illustrated by Phillip Einfeld

105 pages – ages 6+ (Kindle edition reviewed)

Published by Itchee Feet on July 1, 2012

Bella and Burton Feet are on another adventure! The Feet family travels to Japan and the kids hear a story being told about the Ronin Samurai of Japan. Bella gets so involved in listening to the story that she literally gets brought into the story. Burton, who wasn’t listening as closely gets kidnapped into the story by an evil ninja that works for an evil samurai named Kira. While in the story Bella gets trained in the ways of the samurai, learns about ancient Japan, and gets determined to save Burton from the evil Kira. Can Bella save Burton and manage to get them back home?

This book is one book in a series of books that follow the Feet family and their travels around the world. I thought this was a great adventure book. I liked the samurai and ninjas in it and learning about them. The story is based on the real-life Ronin samurai (and there were 47 of them) that lived in the 1700s in Japan and I thought that was cool. Bella and Burton were like an ordinary brother and sister, they bickered teased but also cared a lot about each other. They were very believable. The simple illustrations in the book were a nice addition. The book was written for younger kids, but I think older kids will also like it. It was a quick read for me and I would have liked a little more details in the story, but overall it was very enjoyable. I like the travel part of the series. I like it when book teach about different lands and cultures.

I give this book four out of five bookworms.

To learn more about the Bella and Burton’s MisAdventures Series please visit the Itchee Feet website HERE.


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27 replies

  1. I like all the historical facts one could learn in this one. I wonder if there wasn’t enough details for you, Erik, because you are older than the targeted age group, thus used to read at greater length and depth?

    • I thought about that, and compared it to The Magic Tree House Books (which is about the same age level as this book), and I think, even though Magic Tree House is for younger kids, it has more details. I really liked the book though. 🙂

  2. It sounds very exciting! And I love books where you get a great story and also learn something new. Sounds like a good one 🙂

  3. I always like it when a little history gets tossed into the fun. 🙂

  4. Nice! I like to read up on a place’s history before I travel there, makes for a more exciting adventure, so I think I would enjoy this too.

  5. What an excellent review 🙂 To travel back to that feudal time surely made for quite some fun misadventures for the Feet children. Thanks for sharing.

  6. This sounds like a great book for kids just getting into reading chapter books — it would really hold their attention and they’d learn at the same time as having fun. I can see why you’d want more detail, though. I wonder if there is a similar series for older kids?

  7. Oh no that is so similar to one of my picture book manuscripts where the readers end up in the book. *Tosses it quietly in the bin* I can see how that would work so much better as a chapter book, oh well!

  8. The Bella and Burton Misadventure Series sounds like a great read for younger kids. I’ve been intrigued by the Samurai warriors for years. So I think I’d like this one.

  9. Thanks so much for the great review of our book. And for everyone who is interested, we are combining contemporary locations with a local legend or tale, in our Bella & Burton travel series. We also have Bella & Burton’s Misadventures–Australia… and China is coming soon. We’re thrilled to have a review from Erik. This is a great site.
    Jane from Itchee Feet. 🙂

  10. Now this is a topic I would enjoy reading about. Great review, Erik. 🙂

  11. Bella sounds like a brave and determined girl. I like that in a story. Of course I like the travel part too.

  12. I do enjoy my share of adventure books – this one looks like it has a fun, lighthearted feel to it. I’m glad to be introduced to so many new books through you.


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