Ten Oni Drummers

By Matthew Gollub
Illustrated by Kazuko G. Stone

Hardcover: out of stock

Paperback: forthcoming


At dusk, on a beach in Japan, a young boy falls asleep and begins to dream, but soon he has company — a tiny oni, creeping up from the sand. Throughout the night, one by one, more oni appear, until there are ten in all, and they grow bigger, too. They begin beating their taiko drums, louder and louder. They sail on a raft, play games, have a big meal, and eventually chase away the boy's scary dreams.

In this playful, rhyming story, young children find reassurance and comfort for their fears when scary dreams come their way. Through art and story, children also learn about Japanese taiko drumming and the Japanese words and characters for the numbers one to ten.

Teacher's Guide

Check out accompanying enrichment activities created by Ten Oni Drummers author, Matthew Gollub.

Check out activities and discussion questions to teach about and celebrate drums.

About the Creators

Thumb_thumb Matthew Gollub - Author

is the author of many award-winning books for children, including Ten Oni Drummers and Cool Melons, an ALA Notable Book and a Horn Book "Fanfare" selection, published by LEE & LOW. He lives in Santa Rosa, California, with his wife and their son. To find out more about Matthew Gollub, visit his Web site:

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has illustrated many books for children in the United States and her native Japan. Some of her American titles include DOROBO THE DANGEROUS, GOOD NIGHT, TWINKLE GATOR, and ALIGAY SAVES THE DAY. Stone was born in Tokyo and now lives in New York City. She has two grown children, a daughter and son. In addition to illustrating, she teaches design at the Fashion Institute of Technology and Parson’s School of Design. Visit her online at