Text : けーたろう Ke-Tarou
Illustration: なかいれい Rei Nakai
Published : 2015
Personal recommendation : 5 years old and up
“When you encounter something terrible and you think you are in the very bottom of your life, this isn’t the end of the story. It is still in the middle of long journey and there must be better ending story awaiting you” This is the key message for this book. Pretty Philosophical, huh? 😊
This is the popular “MA-RU The Ghost” Series. This time the stage is “At the library” (Note : Name “MA-RU” probably comes from MARU (=まる、Round) as this Ghost got round face.
Here is the storyline.
- There is Round Top Mountains in Town where MA-RU lives. MA-RU is staying up late and listening to the story by Aunt Owl. The story ranges from “How to get X-mas presents twice” to “How not to feel scared when you go to bathroom at night” etc.
- Also, Uncle Owl told MA-RU that all the things in this world is made from “STORY”. And those stories can be found inside the books usually.
- As Owl’s story-telling ended as it is getting late. Yet, MA-RU could not wait to know the rest of all the stories, he decided to go to Library.
- Scared to go inside first, but realized he IS indeed a Ghost himself and he cannot be scared. He stepped inside the library wondering around.
- “Hey, you. Would you help us find the book about “how to win against naughty boy”? MA-RU looked at where those voice comes from and he realized Red and Blue Demons who are quite hurt and wrapped with bandage like mummy. They started how the naughty boy beat them in the past and says “This is the end of story”. (Apparently this story the demons are telling seems to be MOMOTAR the peach boy.)
- MA-RU heard Another voice saying “Hey, Can you find me the book about “how to cook safely?” MARU turned and found the mother wolf was standing. Mother Wolf told MA-RU the experience about how she was almost “cooked” by three pigs and sadly says “this is the end of story” Apparently, this wolf is from The story “Three Little Pigs”
- Another voice says “Hey, can you find the book about clothes?” MA-RU looked and the King without cloths is standing. Apparently, this is the King from the story “The Emperor’s New Clothes” He sadly explained how all his retainer / servant left him and he said “this is the end of my story”
- “I got an idea!” says MA-RU (who is holding big key) to others. He walked to the locked door and opened it with key. Behind that door, the another secret room filled with books. MA-RU says “Those books here are all based on the untold story after “Fin./The End” in regular books. You can find all those awesome stories of post “Fin./The End of Story””
- MA-RU decided to look for such books for his new friends as he believes there is always a story to follow post “Fin./The END”. He wanted his new friends to have that kind of hopes for their life.
- There is one issue. MA-RU cannot read! 😊 “How can I find suitable books if I cannot read…”
- Then, Librarian lady shows up and says “Guys, I have some special book for you, but it won’t open until tomorrow morning. I will read this book for you all tomorrow.
- Next morning, Librarians opened the book and started reading this special book for them as well as others. (Book’s detail is not described here, but one can easily guess that story is only filled with happiness and joy and nobody gets hurt / beaten etc)
- On last page, the text says “World of Your Own Story will limitlessly expand withing you. Beautiful world begins now! “ and illustration of “MA-RU sleeping while holding a book” is drawn.
I felt this was like Movie Screenplay to some extent. The author purposely leaves ambiguity in the story and that makes readers think to wonder “up to where is actually real or it was actually a dream?” For example, as MA-RU taking nap at the last page, the readers are not sure if demons/king/Wolf/Librarians were real in the first place or all those events are just MA-RU’s dream from the begging. Quite interesting way to end for Children’s book! 😊
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