Bushi is menaced by the bullies who call themselves Bullfrogs. One day, when he's running away from them, he hides in a dojo (karate school), where he sees a belt that once belonged to a karate master hanging on the wall. When he tries on the belt, he trips on it, falls, and hits his head. Upon awakening, he discovers he's been transported back in time and he's in a long-aBushi is menaced by the bullies who call themselves Bullfrogs. One day, when he's running away from them, he hides in a dojo (karate school), where he sees a belt that once belonged to a karate master hanging on the wall. When he tries on the belt, he trips on it, falls, and hits his head. Upon awakening, he discovers he's been transported back in time and he's in a long-ago dojo where everyone seems to know him! There he hears about a dangerous bandit hiding in the hills and is grateful for the company of the two best students on his walk home. But when the bandit ambushes the two, Bushi learns firsthand that in karate, the winner is not necessarily the strongest fighter but may be the smartest fighter. It's a lesson he eventually takes back home and puts into practice when the Bullfrogs come after him one last time....
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Black Belt Reviews
Matt Faulkner. Black Belt (2000)Intended for children approximately 5-8 years old. This story is set in modern-day Japan where a young student named Bushi is being bullied by some of the older kids in his school. While being chased by the bigger kids bushi runs into a building to hide from them. It turns out he has entered a karate dojo. While snooping around the studio Bushi finds the master's black belt and decides to try it on. Upon tying on the belt, Bushi has vision that takes him back to Ancient Japan where he has an adventure with a great karate master and 2 friends. Bushi is suddenly awakened from his vision by the real black-belt owner of the karate dojo, who offers to let Bushi stay for his karate class. The next time the bullies try to mess with him, Bushi uses a move from his "vision" adventure and defeats one of the bullies. Bushi continues his karate lessons having learned a few things about his own ability to persevere and not be defeated in his hear. My son used love having this book read to him. It is a great adventure and it has wonderful, artistic illustrations which add great visual character to the written characters in the story. In the end there is a lesson to learn and things end well for Bushi. A great picture book, especially for a young boy to read.
A little boy is bullied by the older boys at his school and one day when he stands up to one, he gets himself into even bigger trouble. In his mad dash to get away from their pursuit, he ends up in a dojo. While in the dojo he puts on a black belt and is transported to another place and time where he is taught some lessons about being brave.Very nice illustrations.
Though the illustrations are beautiful, the story itself would work better as a middle grade book. Black Belt is much too long and difficult for a picture book.
This book would be more appreciated in the 7+ age vs. the younger audience typical for picture books. Lots of action and fighting.