ぼく、うしになる : I become a bull/cow. (BokuUshiniNaru)

ぼく、うしになる Hirotaka Nakayama 中山ひろたか Masanori Sato サトウマサノリ 2020s

Text : Hirotaka Nakayama 中山ひろたか

Illustration :  Masanori Sato サトウマサノリ

Published : 2021 

Personal Recommendation : 3-5 years old

“When you go to bed right after eating, you will become a bull/cow”   This is famous Japanese proverb to avoid people from gaining weight and let people stay in shape / healthy. This book is based on “what if this proverb becomes true and boy turns into cattle?”  (Note ; Since it is about Boy, let me use the word “Bull” in the blog)   This is new book published in 2021.

Storyline is as follows.

  • A boy done eating with his mother and lying on the sofa in the living room, watching TV.   
  • Mother says to him “You have left Tomato again on the plate! You can not pick only your favorite food. You may not like tomato but you have to eat them as well”  You will become a bull if you sleep right after eating and behave like this”    When Boy was about to say “Yeah Yeah, of course…” (ironically)  (but his nose hole seems to get a lot bigger than usual here),  he could only say “Moo” instead. (completely transformed into bull) 
  • Once he knows it, he is in the forest ranch.  He wanted to say “Mom, are you there!? But all he could say was “Mooo”
  • “Where am I ?”  he started running around and he noticed the cow bell on his neck is rattling.  “What the heck????”
  • From far, one bull was approaching to the boy, saying “Hold on. I have not seen you before around here.  Then, another cow comes closer to them and saying “Who the heck are you? Where did you come from?”
  • “LEAVE ME ALONE!”  Boy (Bull) started running as fast as he could.
  • Once he knows it, he is in Bull Fighting Arena in Spain.
  • “Matador” the Bull Fighter was standing in the center of Arena, waving his red cloths.
  • Boy could not resist his (Bull’s) instinct, he started rushing toward Matador.
  • As Matador was about to stab the dagger into the neck, “Let’s get out here!!!!”  Boy managed to escape from matador and rushing toward the gate.
  • Soon, he realized he was running in narrow alley and people started throwing tomatoes at him. Apparently, he was in “La Tomatina” festival in Spain.  “STOP THROWING TOMATO AT ME!” 
  • All the tomatoes (which he hates) are hitting around his body and faces.   “STOP IT PLEASE!  STOP IT!” says boy.
  • (Scene changed)  Mother saying to him “What do you mean by “Stop it”.  You must be dreaming.  You will catch a cold if you don’t put blanket”     Mother putting “red” blanket over him.
  • “Thank God, it was just a dream!” Boy said.   While scratching his eyes to get up, he continue to murmur “The proverb people were saying is totally true!  Mom, I will try to eat Tomatoes from now on!”     (Yet, one thing he has not noticed yet was that his mom standing by the sofa has turned into cow (still wearing mother’s clothes”) 

I anticipated transforming part but did not see those two points coming.  (1) Scene moves to Spain all of sudden and (2) Mom also transforms into Cow.   It was very nice twist of story toward the end and my kids seems to enjoy that part a lot. 😊  I personally like the illustrations as well. It was colorful but purposely left the trace of brush into the drawing so that all the action (like Bull-fighting or La Tomatina Festival scenes) looked very dynamic!  It was also great that my kids get to learn about Spanish Culture from this book.

You can purchase this book here. 広告はこちら

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ぼく、うしになる [ 中川ひろたか ]
価格:1540円(税込、送料無料) (2021/11/25時点)


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