COVER TEXT

@A volume of Yônen Bungaku [Literature for Younger Children] series by Hakubun-Kan, which enjoyed such great success in Shônen Bungaku [Juvenile Literature] series, that it tried to create another series for younger readers. However, it was not highly valued at that time, and only two volumes--both of which are parodies of Japanese fairy tales--were published. (It was probably because the stories were too difficult for young children, and because the binding was in an old-fashioned wood-cut style.)
@This is an "after story" of Momotarô, a famous Japanese fairy tale. After Momotarô leaves Onigashima, ogres decide to chase Momotarô and punish him. One day, an ogre finds a sore-peach at a river, which bears a blue ogre baby, Niga Momotarô. Niga Momotarô leaves for Japan with a dragon, an ape, and a wolf. The dragon called forth a cloud, and Niga Momotarô and three animals fly on it. However, the ape and the wolf fall from it. Niga Momotarô and the dragon quarrel, and when the dragon is beaten, the cloud vanishes. Niga Momotarô falls into the sea.
@Although the details are rather vulgar than humorous, Oni Momotarô has a historical importance: this is the first book of a first series for young children. With pictures on every page and a well-crafted binding, this book is the final form of children's picture books in the Edo period as well as a starting point for modern children's illustrated books.
@The author Ozaki Kôyô also wrote two books for the Shônen Bungaku series. A reprint of the original Oni Momotarô was published by Holp Shuppan in 1974.