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  • Published: 1 April 2015
  • ISBN: 9780857986054
  • Imprint: Random House Australia Children's
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: $12.99

Samurai vs Ninja 1: The Battle for the Golden Egg




Get ready for the greatest battle of all time!

Get ready for the greatest battle of all time!

In the Edo Period of Japan, two teams fight for supremacy – the serious samurai and the scheming ninjas. To determine who is the best, a deadly contest is held. The prize is the Golden Egg, the most magnificent treasure in all of Japan. But when the ninjas cheat, the samurai will stop at nothing to get revenge.

Tighten your topknot and sharpen your sword – the Samurai vs Ninja battle is about to begin!

  • Pub date: 1 April 2015
  • ISBN: 9780857986054
  • Imprint: Random House Australia Children's
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: $12.99

About the Authors

Nick Falk

Nick is a practicing psychologist who lives with his wife and two young sons in London. He first picked up a pen aged seven, and has been writing ever since. He likes to write books that are two parts funny, three parts exciting and one part educational, with a dollop of fantastical thrown in. He first started making up stories for his two young sons when they were living by the beach in Tasmania, and 17 published books later, he’s still going strong!

Nick has 4 series of books on the shelves, all for children aged 6 to 10. Saurus Street, which is about time travelling dinosaurs; Billy is a Dragon, which is about shape-shifting were-beasts; Samurai vs Ninja, which is about shuriken-filled battles; and the ‘How To’ series, which is about kids getting horribly lost in history. Nick has lived and worked in Australia, the US and Asia, and arrived back in the UK in 2015.

Tony Flowers

Tony Flowers loves to draw and is an internationally acclaimed illustrator and artist. His drawings are loved in Japan for their detail and humour and he has won an award in the USA for his street chalk art.

Tony has a Masters degree in Visual Communication.

He has illustrated six books in the popular Saurus Street series and his most highly valued prize to date has been from the Oshima Picture Book Museum in Toyama, Japan, for his hand made pop-up book Gaijin Holiday.


Praise for Samurai vs Ninja 1: The Battle for the Golden Egg

“While written in a fashion that will draw in those newly independent readers there is a great opportunity to expand vocabulary including some Japanese language – ably explained in a glossary at the end of each book . . . These are exactly the sorts of stories that could be the basis of some creative writing.”

Sue Warren, OZTL_NET

“Aside from its entertainment value, the Samurai vs Ninja series also has educational elements. In between insults and fart jokes, Falk and Flowers use actual Japanese terms and provide a glossary with them at the end of their stories – children will learn how to call each other an ugly pig (mink-u-i buta) or an idiot (baka). So if your children are in the six years age bracket and love action and a good laugh, the Samurai vs Ninja series is right up their alley.”

Anya Whitelaw, The Western Advocate

“Capitalising on the craze for things Japanese as manga-type stories permeate through to our youngest readers, this is an energetic, fast-moving series that will capture the imaginations of younger readers who are ready for independent reading but still need the support of short text and illustrations which are integral to that text.”

Barbara Braxton, OZTL_NET

“The inclusion of Japanese terms adds meaning and depth to an otherwise plainly funny take on the actions of ancient warriors in a historical and cultural setting. This is an ideal book for independent early readers, and particularly those who love a good prank.”

Romi Sharp, Reading Time

“In short this series is hilarious. The characters are good and bad, clever and stupid, selfish and team-spirited. It is great fun to read aloud and the class of year one students who were my audience for the readings begged for more every time. It is great fun to listen to and the drawings had the students in fits of giggles as I read. It is not often that such engaging, high quality literature comes along for this age group of children.”

Robyn English, Australian Literacy Educators' Association


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