The Filth Licker
By Cristy Burne; (Illustrator)
(Frances Lincoln Children's Books, Paperback, 9781847801364, 208pp.)
Publication Date: March 2012
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Miku is going to School Camp in the forest, with her friend Cait and the rest of her class. It should be fun. But Miku has premonitions of danger, and when Oscar goes down with a festering rash, and a rushing wind blows out the bonfire she's sure something bad is going on. Then Alex finds the frog-like Filth-Licker in the boys' toilets, and all at once Miku, Cait and Alex are on a secret mission to overcome the vengeful Shape-Shifters or Super Demons before it's too late
Later that night, with Alex kidnapped by a pyromaniac fox, and Cait possessed by some angry sickle weasels, it's up to Miku and the Filth-Licker to save them all from disaster.
Cristy Burne has joint New Zealand and Australian citizenship, has traveled widely and lived for several years in Japan as a teacher and editor. It was during this time that she became fascinated with Japanese folklore and the supernatural yokai - demons - which are very much a part of Japanese culture, but little known outside Japan. She won the Voices on the Coast Youth Literature Award for emerging writers, in Queensland, Australia, but Takeshita Demons was her first published book. Burne and her family live in Perth, Australia.
Siku is a well-known illustrator for comic books and graphic novels, working for the major companies in the field, including 2000AD magazine and Marvel Comics. His best-known book is The Manga Bible. Siku lives and works in London and Essex.
"Monsters new to the West are introduced in Cristy Burne's Takeshita Demons . . . Things get chilling when a supply teacher turns out to be a nukekubi (a child-eating spirit), whose head flies off. Fortunately, there are protective spirits, too." Sunday Times