Kyouhu no Shiritori /Kyouhunoshirotori (“Shirotori” wording game of terror)  きょうふのしりとり


Author : Miho Takeda 武田美穂

Published : 2019

Personal recommendation : 5 years old and up

This is one of those SHIROTORI books but it makes your laugh at the end of story.   * Shiritori (しりとり) is a Japanese wording game in which the players are required to say a word which begins with the final kana of the previous word. “Shiritori” literally means “taking the rear”

The story is quite simple and straightforward. Two boys (appears to be good friends each other) decided to do Shiritori game.  One rule : Word one can come up with should be something of terror (=makes them scared).  

It started with Ghost, thief, goblins as their first guess and Shiritori game continues. But at some point, they got stuck and now the rule is extended to the “adjective + noun”  (=FYI : Shirotori game is usually noun only) 

Now, game continues like “Bossy goblins, mean monkeys, phone bell-ring while home alone, typhoon, empty house in neighbor, dark area under the tree, scary movies, hairy ghost, dead body which moves a bit, last day of summer vacation with still bunch of homework left.   😊 etc etc.  Towards the end, their word choice are getting out of their hands!

At one boy’s turn, he needs to come up with scary word start with “M” (it is actually “お” in the book, but to let everybody understand, I use M here)  Then, boys noticed that somebody is calling their names from distance and approaching. Boys looked each other and seems they know next wording of terror should be.   When all the reader of this book (including myself) guess it should be “Mom” as next word, on last page, boys screamed “Munchy!”……  As their mom appears to provide afternoon snack around that time in daily life.  😊

This SHIRITORI is good exercise for kids, but the last part of story was well crafted so that accompanied adults reader can also enjoy.

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きょうふのしりとり [ 武田 美穂 ]
価格:1540円(税込、送料無料) (2021/11/5時点)

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