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Manga meets Bloomsbury,
This review is from: Professor Munakata's British Museum Adventure (Paperback)
There is trouble at the British Museum and the Stonehenge megaliths are gone. And the Lewis chessmen are going walkabout. Only Prof. Munakata, visiting from Japan sees the connections and saves (most of) the day. But he would not have done it without his with his sidekick and interpreter museum employee Chris Karyatid.
This book is a fix of a presentation of some of the most famous BR objects mixed up with a detective story starting at Waterloo, seen through Japanese eyes. One of the red herrings is that a number of countries want objects originating from their territories back. This sensitive issue is handled well. I enjoyed it, but for me almost all the objects and places are well-known. For someone less familiar with history and BR I think the book is a wonderful introduction to historical wonders. This is also a nice introduction to manga, Japanese graphic novels. Somehow, this story-telling technique does not at all seem as foreign as usual, because the places are familiar. The drawings are very high quality. It does not matter much that the story is absurd, with the bad guys doing thing in maximally complicated ways for reasons that are never told and conclusions are drawn from the flimsiest evidence. The book also contains an introduction telling to story of its birth and an interview with the author/artist.
This would be a perfect present to introduce children to the treasures of BR - just see to it that you get the chance to read it yourself.