Viz Media continues their conversion of Studio Ghibli movies into picture books with Princess Mononoke. Definitely not aimed at a younger audience, Princess Mononke deals with industrialization, spirits and death in an adult way, but through creative storytelling.

From the book:

“Marked with the curse of a rampaging boar god, young Ashitaka sets off on a journey to cure his mysterious affliction. From behind the walls of an iron-mining town, Lady Eboshi arises to smash all obstacles to technological development. And from out of the forest comes Princess Mononoke, driven by a hatred of all humans. Can she and Ashitaka ally in time to stop the wild lands from being destroyed?”

Using full-color images from the movie, the book is the entire movie story, told at an early reader level, but at 232 pages, probably gets read over several sessions and not all at once. The images range from multiple cells on the page, to a single scene splash-page. The colors are great and the pages will hold up to many readings.

The book provides more opportunities for parents to further discuss themes and issues raised by the movie that would be harder to discuss while watching but can easily be added to any reading session.

Recommended to parents that are familiar with Studio Ghibli and Princess Mononoke.

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