By Oliver Chin
Illustrated by Charlene Chua
Published by Immedium on October 8, 2013
32 pages – ages 4+
The Julie Black Belt books are a series of early reader books about a young girl and her quest – her quest to become a black belt – a black belt in Kung-Fu! But little does Julie know that it takes a long time to become a black belt…
In book one (The Kung Fu Chronicles, Immedium 2007), Julie joins a Kung-Fu school, but is surprised it is so hard – after all, she mastered Kung-Fu in several video-games. Should be easy, right? Will Julie ever become a black belt?
In book two (The Belt of Fire), Julie is working towards her orange belt in Kung Fu. She is the best student in the class, but a new kid shows up. Julie is jealous of her new classmate (a boy) because he is very good at Kung-Fu. They both try to prove to the other that they are great. But, when the teacher puts them together for a project, can they work together?
This is a great series! They are a perfect reading level for younger kids who are reading by themselves. I also think it is a great story book for parents to read to kids because the illustration are fantastic. They are very cartoon-y, and are perfect for young kids.
I love the message in both books – never give up, the best things in life aren’t easy, teamwork always works, and teachers are great. 🙂 Julie is a good-hearted girl who you can easily relate to – she wants to be a black belt, not a white belt. I like that it shows how hard it is to get different belts in the martial arts (just FYI I am now up to a blue belt in jujitsu and a green belt in karate and I have my black belt in TaeKwon-Do – so I know it’s hard 😉 ). I think it’s cool that the main character is a girl. There are a lot of girls in my martial arts classes. The story isn’t just about martial arts, but more about being your best and working hard to get what you want. The Julie Black Belt books are a GREAT series for kids!
To learn more about the Julie Black Belt series, please visit the official website HERE.