You Wouldn’t Want To….




You Wouldn’t Want to be a Samurai! A Deadly Career You’d Rather Not Pursue is one of a series of books that bring history to life. These highly visual stories ask children to imagine themselves in a variety of unpleasant historical situations. Lots of gory details are included. The cartoon pictures are amusing rather than frightening. Each colorful page spread includes a handy hint like this:


“As a warrior, you’re never off duty! Take this advice from Takeda, a wise samurai: Keep your sword with you at all times, even when you are alone.”

Despite it’s comic book appearance, this book is packed with information about Medieval Japan. Children will love learning that..

Samurai Soldiers were trained to shoot bows and arrows at moving targes while riding horses at a full gallop. (This book focuses on the Samurai around 1200 AD)

Samurai wore armor 24 hours a day and had lots of problems with lice.

Every meal in wartime was boiled rice and occasionally dry tuna.

Scholastic has produced over 25 of these titles about world history. They are all highly entertaining and packed with information. Many children will want to read more books in this series